Notes: December 10, 2009

Hypocrites, II

Part 2 of a 2-part look at Jesus’ condemnation of the scribes and Pharisees.

Matthew 23:23-39

  • Hypocrites are careful to keep the letter of the law, but they fail to observe its spirit (v. 23-24).
  • Hypocrites are careful with external, visible cleanliness, but they do nothing about internal righteousness (v. 25-26).
  • Hypocrites look alive, but inside they are dead, full of iniquity (v. 27-28).
  • Hypocrites pay homage to the righteous who have died, but they would have joined the wicked mobs that killed them (v. 29-36).
  • Jesus addresses the Jewish leadership and bemoans its hindrance to men who would come to Jesus (v. 36-39). He also announces the ruin of their religious organization.