Matthew Chapter 23 

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Matthew 23

Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,

Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:

All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,

And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,

And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.

But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!

17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?

18 And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty.

19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?

20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon.

21 And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein.

22 And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.

23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,

30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.

31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.

32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.

33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:

35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.

36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.

37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

38 thoughts on “Matthew Chapter 23 

  1. Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach.
    Matthew 23:1‭-‬3 NLT

    The religious leaders were the God-appointed pastors of their day. They were to teach the Word of God, intercede for the people, and lead the people in worship. For this cause, Jesus told the people to practice the taught Word and to obey their pastors. It mattered not that the pastors weren’t living it themselves, the principle of submission to the Word and to leadership still applied (unless, of course, the leadership was teaching disobedience to the Word of God).

    As someone who has been a member of many churches (because of frequent military moves), it became apparent to us early on in our Christian walk that all pastors do not always preach the same things, especially regarding standards of holiness. We found that regardless of what the last pastor taught, it was required by God that we submit to our current spiritual leader. If the new pastor didn’t allow something that the last pastor did, even if we didn’t share the same conviction as the new pastor, God still expected obedience.

    God tests our heart with a willingness to submit. Even if they don’t practice what they preach, Jesus said, if the leader is preaching the Word of God, then we must practice it. Moreover, when it comes to standards of holiness, we should always practice the stricter of the two: our personal convictions, or our pastor’s preached standards—we can always do more than the pastor preaches, but we can NEVER do less. If the pastor’s convictions are stronger than our own, we should pray about our own, and then act according to the pastor’s. This is for our own perfection, for the unity of the church, and for the good of others.

  2. 25 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self indulgence,. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.

  3. THY KINGDOM COME
    KINGDOM PROMOTION

    11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
    12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

    in the professional world it seems as if the people at the top do the least amount of work. They sit in big offices and make big decisions when needed and simply give commands for everyone else to fulfill. However, JESUS describes here The Kingdom of GOD and its order of promotion. The greatest is the busiest, The Kingdom promotion is to the servant. Those that are willing to be the first to arrive and the last to leave. Those that are willing to go when everyone else is not, willing to work while others rest, willing to pray while others sleep, willing to serve while others retreat.

    KINGDOM PROMOTION comes through HUMILITY. When we do not seek recognition, but righteousness, when we do not seek our will, but the will of GOD. However, if we attempt to promote ourselves, by telling others all that we do or accomplish, JESUS said that we would be abased or HUMBLED by GOD.

    So, here it is, SERVE the LORD and receive KIGNDOM PROMOTION or serve self and receive KINGDOM DEMOTION.

    Lets GO SERVE The Kingdom of GOD today.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap
    iGo
    iBlessYouInTheNameOfTheLordJESUS

  4. Mathew 23: 19-23

    19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?

    20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon.

    21 And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein.

    22 And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.

    23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

  5. Matthew 24 :39 (English Amp) For I declare to you, You will not see Me again until you say, Blessed
    ( magnified) in worship, comes in the name of the Lord ! [ Ps.118:26] Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord ; we bless you from the house of the Lord [ you who come into His sanctuary under His guardianship]. The Lord is God. Who has shown and giving us light. He gives us grace, freedom, and joy. You are my God , and I will confess, praise, and give you thanks to you.And I will extol you. For He is good; and his mercy and his loving – kindness will endure forever and forever. I will hold on until the end. I pray that our families , co workers, neighbor’s
    Back sliders will come to repentance . I’m Jesus name.

  6. 13. Woe to you, you teachers of the law and Pharisees. There is such a gulf between what you say and what you do. You will stand before a crowd and lock the door of the kingdom of heaven right in front of everyone; you won’t enter the Kingdom yourselves, and you prevent others from doing so.

    14. [Woe to you, you teachers of the law and Pharisees. What you say is not what you do. You steal the homes from under the widows while you pretend to pray for them. You will suffer great condemnation for this.] Voice

    “Do as I say, not as I do” will get you nowhere in the Kingdom.
    “Practice what you preach” is the code to live by. Jesus repeatedly called them hypocrites because they said one thing and did another; lived one way and wanted everyone to believe they lived another.
    If you’re willing to risk missing Heaven, that’s your business, we’ll keep praying for you; but don’t be a stumbling block and cause others to miss it as well, following your example.

  7. And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
    8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
    9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
    10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
    11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
    12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

    I can see how someone could be so wrapped up in their religious duty and seek after “titles” and forget what is most important, God doesn’t care what title we carried on Earth, he could not care any less than what role you played during your time in Earth. Gods own concern is one thing, did we do his will? Did we reach for this world and teach the gospel? Did we train deciples ? He doesn’t care how many messages were preached if they didn’t come from him, he cares that we obeyed and related the word of God to his people

  8. 27“What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity. 28 Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness.

    Wow, what a direct verse to the people. Appearance means a lot. People judge you by your appearance, but judges you by whats in your heart. Many come to church, just to say “I go to church”. Don’t be a statue at church, by just sitting there and looking righteous, but be a ‘busy bee’ for the Kingdom of God. Praise, Worship and serve in his Kingdom!

  9. 11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
    12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

    25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

  10. Jesus would speak against many of the actions of the Scribes and Pharisees, but he pointed first to the desires of their heart that led to such actions in the first place. ‘But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.’

    If what we do is done to be seen of men, that we might receive the praise of men, we have truly misplaced the desire of our heart and are seeking the foolishness of men. When what men think becomes more important, when their words are what we esteem, we have allowed their words take precedence over God’s Word. It may but seem so at the outset, but once their influence begins to drive your direction, your life is now being led by them and what they desire. Before long you begin to question how wrong some things really are, and how important other things really are… and what you’re really doing is weighing their words against God’s Word. There shouldn’t even be a comparison, and when our heart is seeking him first and focused upon his kingdom there isn’t… and it all comes down to the desires of our heart! We need to declare the desires of our heart by seeking first the kingdom of God and allowing God’s Word to be the guiding direction of our lives!

  11. 7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.

    8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

    9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

    10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

    Only ONE is my Rabbi! Only ONE is my ABBA Father! Only ONE is my MASTER! His name is JESUS!!!!

  12. Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lowlessness. Matthew 23:29 NLT

  13. St. Matthew 23:23 (nlt)
    “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb garden, but you ignore the more important aspects of the law – justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.”

  14. “Listen carefully: your house is being left to you desolate [completely abandoned by God and destitute of His protection]!”
    ‭‭MATTHEW‬ ‭23:38‬ ‭AMP‬‬

    It must feel miserable to be without the Lord. And to add to it all no longer having His protection! That would be too much for me. Lord, take not your Spirit from me. Walk with me everyday. Let me abide under the shadows of your wings. Thank you for being my refuge in the time of trouble.

    “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a right and steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted and return to You.”
    ‭‭PSALM‬ ‭51:10-13‬ ‭AMP‬‬

  15. 13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

    Happens all the time…… knowingly and unknowingly…….Open or eyes JESUS

  16. 11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

    12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

    To Jesus, greatness does not come from self promotion, greatness comes from serving. It comes with giving of yourself to better the Kingdom of God, it comes with giving of yourself to help others.
    When we serve it keeps us from focusing on ourself and helps us to be more aware of the needs of others.
    We see that “the greatest among you” will be a servant, and the next verse states that they must be humble. There is none greater than Jesus, who came down as a humble servant.
    If you want greatness, seek to be like Jesus!

    “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
    ‭‭Mark‬ ‭10:45‬ ‭KJV‬‬

  17. 27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

    28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

    Create in me a clean heart oh Lord, and renew in me a right spirit. Every day this is. Y personal prayer. I don’t want to have a pharasee attitude that looks like a Pentecostal on the outside, but inwardly lies ugliness and ungodly attitudes and attributes. What is on the inside is revealed on the outside regardless of how it is dressed up.

    God, let my heart be pure, full of You JESUS, is that the reflection people see is you and not me!

  18. “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’ ”
    Matthew 23:37‭-‬39 NIV

    Time and Time again the Lord reached out to His people to save them and bring them into repentance, but He was constantly rejected or repentance was only for a brief season. It didn’t last. Too many times I see people come back to the Lord and feel sorry for what they’ve done, but how long does it last? When the call of the world gets louder a lot of times they lose focus and slip back into sin. And Everytime it’s worse than it was before. They become desolate, just like Jerusalem. Jesus tries so hard to reach out and save them, but they constantly rejected. It’s heart breaking.

  19. Matthew 23:1-4
    1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
    2 Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:
    3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
    4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

  20. 27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

    28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

    It’s not how we appear to others, it’s how we measure up to his word. God looks on the heart, our intentions and attitudes. We must be righteous inside and out, humble and willing to allow the word of God to correct us. Staying teachable and being quick to repent or forgive will help us as we journey through this life. Help me be more like you Jesus!

  21. Matthew 23. Message
    23 1-3 Now Jesus turned to address his disciples, along with the crowd that had gathered with them. “The religion scholars and Pharisees are competent teachers in God’s Law. You won’t go wrong in following their teachings on Moses. But be careful about following them. They talk a good line, but they don’t live it. They don’t take it into their hearts and live it out in their behavior. It’s all spit-and-polish veneer.

    Jesus reveals the true intentions of the hearts of those leading. The entire chapter exposes their real colors. In service for the Kingdom we will walk through desolation and into the midst of where people are really living. Jesus never ministered anytime in a temple but 1 time I recall and that was when he was twelve years old. And then He said “I must be about my Fathers business. He was not seeking positions. Competition in the Kingdom becomes about self. Compassion is about others. The Pharisees were all about what others could see. Jesus gave the true example of service touching the lives of everyone He met. Will we continue to serve where God has called us. We will continue to lead without position. If we are truly a servant of Jesus Christ and not as the Pharisees yes . No matter what life challenges have come your way obstacles you may have stumbled over if you are a true servant then your true colors will come forth. All God asks for is willingness . The Pharisees set their own rules they did not adhere to the teachings they did not adhere to what was the real picture. Jesus lived the Pharesee He said how often He had tried to gather them but they would not listen.

    Help us not to be so high and mighty we miss what You want from us God . What do we portray to our friends families and new acquaintances. Are we real disciple of Christ or a fake Pharisee. Help me daily to be like You.

  22. 11 The greatest among you must be a servant. NLT

    What type of servant should you strive to be?
    I personally like what Romans 12:9-13 states; ”

    9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.

    10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.

    11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.

    12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

    13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.”

  23. Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Matthew 23:1‭, ‬23 KJV
    The matters of the heart are weightier than some good deeds we. Matters such as judgement, showing mercy, and having faith are very important to Jesus but that doesn’t excuse us from tithing. Jesus is more interested in us having a right attitude and pure motive when we are giving, working, and worshipping Him!

  24. 11 The greatest among you must be a servant.
    12 But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. (NLT)

    A humble servant, not a high and mighty Pharisee. I’ve come to realize the line here is much finer than we think, or at least, the line is able to be too easily crossed. We may know a thing or two and have a few cents to share, but that doesn’t mean ANYTHING if we aren’t humbling ourselves, if we don’t have a desire to work and serve, and if we don’t take joy in being a humble servant. I mean really, even being His servant is more than most of us deserve – but thanks be to God we have grace! My point though is that we need to be careful how we act; who we hang around with, their attitudes, and how we allow them to impact us; be careful to not exalt yourself or brag on yourself; be conscious of your attitude when you serve. Your heart and your attitude reveal the truth, maybe not to others, but especially to God who knows every man’s heart. What a shame it would be to have crossed this line and not even know it…

    Proverbs 27:19 — “As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.”

  25. “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.”
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭23:29-30‬ ‭KJV‬‬
    I’ve seen few people in my lifetime saying or thinking they know more then what the Bible says. They say they study the Bible inside and out, “if I lived back then, I would do this and that etc.
    **bite my tongue. **

  26. Josiah: 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
    If you can not live by ALL of the Word of God then how can you lead others to God. Every Word of God has a purpose. If you teach the doctrine then you should live by the doctrine. So, let us GO BE A LIGHT TO THIS WORLD IN JESUS NAME!

  27. iLove the Kingdom
    2“The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses.23:2 Greek and the Pharisees sit in the seat of Moses. 3So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach.

    Wow, there it is…I never realized it was there…that’s basically what I’ve heard all my life. “Do what I say and not what I do”. Every since I was knee high to a grasshopper I heard that saying…mostly came from grown ups. Well, that’s the spirit of a Pharisee. I wonder if I would have caught a whoopin if I would have called momma a Pharisee? It might have gone something like, “No momma, I said you’re fair and now I see…”

    You see, the Spirit of God will use anyone who allows. Just because we can grab the microphone and preach, testify, or sing under the anointing of the Holy Ghost and usher in a deep move of the Spirit like no one else can does not mean we are in right standing with God. Jesus told the people to do what the Pharisee’s said. That means they had some great sermons, but they were dirty in the inside.

    The key is to not be deceived just because you have gifts from God. We must daily search our heart to see if any unclean thing is in there.

    • 27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

      28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

      Looks of deception
      Good insight
      It’s all over this chapter!

  28. 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
    —————
    Let us always be humble, we must know and be confident who we are in Christ, he ( she) what a sad moment when the awaiting time finally showS because it will.

  29. 28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

    We must be the same in church as the same as out of the church. We must be like Christ All the time every day.

  30. I learn that Jesus said Long I’ve waited to wrap your children around my arms like the hen wraps her wing around her chicks

  31. 10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

    11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

    12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

    It is not for me but for the Kingdom and the ones in serving. That is. Mentality that we should take. We are not looking to make a name for ourselves but to make the Name of Jesus known. To show his live through serving others, being Jesus to them. You want to be big in the Kingdom you will find yourself serving all.

  32. Verses 11-12 MSG “Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant. If you puff yourself up, you’ll get the wind knocked out of you. But if you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty.” Be yourself and your light will shine through….the light of Jesus.

    The end of verses 16-22 MSG says “….A promise is a promise. What difference does it make if you make your promise inside or outside a house of worship? A promise is a promise. God is present, watching and holding you to account regardless.”

    Ecclesiastes 5:4-7 AMP says “When you make a vow or a pledge to God, do not put
    off paying it; for God takes no pleasure in fools [who thoughtlessly mock Him]. Pay what you vow. It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay. Do not allow your speech to cause you to sin, and do not say before the messenger (priest) of God that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry because of your voice (words) and destroy the work of your hands? For in a multitude of dreams and in a flood of words there is worthlessness. Rather [reverently] fear God [and worship Him with awe-filled respect, knowing who He is].”

  33. Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,

    2 Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:

    3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

    4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

    5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,

    6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,

    7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.

    8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

    9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

    10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

    11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

    12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

    The scribes and Pharisees explained the law of Moses, and enforced obedience to it. They are charged with hypocrisy in religion. We can only judge according to outward appearance; but God searches the heart. They made phylacteries. These were scrolls of paper or parchment, wherein were written four paragraphs of the law, to be worn on their foreheads and left arms, Exodus 13:2-10, Exodus 13:11-16; Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Deuteronomy 6:13-21. They made these phylacteries broad, that they might be thought more zealous for the law than others. God appointed the Jews to make fringes upon their garments, Numbers 15:38, to remind them of their being a peculiar people; but the Pharisees made them larger than common, as if they were thereby more religious than others. Pride was the darling, reigning sin of the Pharisees, the sin that most easily beset them, and which our Lord Jesus takes all occasions to speak against. For him that is taught in the word to give respect to him that teaches, is commendable; but for him that teaches, to demand it, to be puffed up with it, is sinful. How much is all this against the spirit of Christianity! The consistent disciple of Christ is pained by being put into chief places. But who that looks around on the visible church, would think this was the spirit required? It is plain that some measure of this antichristian spirit prevails in every religious society, and in every one of our hearts.

  34. 1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,

    2 Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:

    3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

    Don’t follow man, follow GOD and obey HIS commands.

  35. 23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

    24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

    25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

    26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

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