Beware Of Dead Mens Bones-part two.


“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness…” Matthew 23:27,28.
Hypocrisy, hupokrisis, (Noun) Strong”s # 5272- from hupokrinomai, (5271), to pretend. Hypocrisy, dissimulation (Mark 12:15; Luke 12:1; Gal.2:13; 1 Tim. 4:2; 1 Pet.2:1).

Hupokrisis was used generally for flattery or evil deception.
Hypocrisy is a sin which is exposed by our Lord as no other because it corrupts the conscience averting holiness of life. It exchanges the ceremonial and formal for the personal and practical (Matt. 15:6). It uses sectarian rule as a substitute for judgment and the love of God (Luke 11:42).
It cannot receive the truth, because its eye is on man and not on God (John 5:44). It asks questions not in order to hear the truth, but in order to refute it (John 9:27,28). It is chained to its error by a confident assurance that it alone is right (John 9:41).
A direct attack is the only way to counter hypocrisy, an opponent of all truth. The hypocrite in a special way is the child of the father of lies (John 8:44). Hypocrisy cannot live in the environment of truth, and it can only defend itself through the persecution of others (John 8:37).tissot_pharisees_610x300
Jesus’ forceful reviling against the Pharisees in Matthew 23 was that, sitting in Moses’ seat, they showed a spirit in which truth cannot dwell. The Pharisees neither entered the kingdom nor allowed others to enter (Matt. 16:3,4), they knew how to interpret weather signs but were ignorant of the signs of the times, that is, the fulfillment of the kingdom in the person of Jesus.
Hypocrisy stands in opposition to faith as it works to damage the whole man, just as faith works to regenerate him. It takes away the key to knowledge (Luke 11:52).
“Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!” Matt.23:24images (10)
Tommorow: Part three

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