The EIGHT Woes Jesus used on the Pharisees still APPLY today
PART 1 Jesus Preaching the WOES 1 to 4
The EIGHT Woes Jesus Used on the Pharisees Still APPLY today
Isn't it significant really that Jesus spoke 8 beatitudes in His Sermon on the Mount speech at the beginning of His earthly ministry then turned around when talking to the Pharisees and scribes, and Sadducees (the so called church leaders) and literally rained on their parade pronouncing them men pleasers not GOD pleasers. Jesus went on to announce 8 different hypocrisies they were guilty of. Notice that 8 beatitudes then 8 woes/curses. He the Lord did not pussyfoot around here but He laid it on the line. Let's examine them shall we, garner what nuggets we can and grow in our Christianity today from it Amen?
THE FIRST Woe: Shutting the Kingdom off to Others
Matthew 23:13:: Let us examine this more carefully. There were 2 ruling groups religiously the Pharisees who were never fair to anyone but themselves, and the Sadducees who were always sad you see. Anyhow both of these groups had appointed spokesmen when it came to public debate, who the Bible called them scribes . Today they would be like our lawyers. Jesus said here that even though together had the leadership of Israel's churches and were supposed to guard the Scriptures zealously, they were flat out pretenders, more inclined to parade before men who looked up to them for their guidance, but they (the people) themselves just didn't measure up to the self appointed leaders. (Sound familiar?) Proud, too arrogant, and full of fase humility to ever enter into Christ's Ways and teachings (John 7:48). They wanted no part of a group that required humility and humbleness, and therefore they would not repent for their evil ways. By their actions they betrayed the very thing they claimed to preach. What Jesus said was worse yet for them was the fact they PREVENTED others from heeding the teachings of the Gospel. Their actions was causing others to concentrate on other things other than the Truth right before their eyes.
The Second Woe: They Devoured Widow's Houses
Matthew 23:14:: Here Jesus comes right out and calls them hypocrites, this was a serious accusation from one leader to another. The Lord did not mince His Words either. READ it for yourself now if you dare. Here Jesus bluntly said, they were all pious outside, but very much wolves inside stealing money from the less fortunate widows by being cunning and crafty. Then Jesus said they only made a long pretense of prayer. In other words they were doing that too to be seen of men and not really seeking The Father's guidance. Literaslly, they were phonies, pretenders and charlatans. They were the "DO as I say, not the do as I do" gang; no doubt the Lord called them out harshly on it, in front of many diverse witnesses. He told them (the leaders) they would receive the greater damnation for their actions. Nowhere did He say they were going to Hell as some believers have been led to believe but He did they say they were making their journey to Salvation a lot more difficult and Jesus wasn't done with them yet was He?
The Third Woe: They Compassed Sea and Land to Make a Proselyte
Matthew 23:15:: On the surface or a quick look this would not mean much to the average Christian. But when you study the Word (2 Timothy 3:14 to 17) diligently you find some hidden treasure in His Book called the Holy Bible. Trying to get people saved is in itself a good thing but, that was never (the leaders) their objective, they wanted to get their followers to do what they said, not entirely what God said. That is very important. Christians should never use their position man made, or seminary taught (for me it was cemetery school) until Christ set me back on my feet and has allowed me to follow Him. Quit listening to these so called men and women of God who mislead openly. PROVE the Word with more Word, quit beleiving what everyone says. Just like being in the garage all night does not make you a car being in a church does not make you a Christian either. So just because I personally or anyone else tries to push any kind of a viewpoint: LOOK in HIS Word because it is HIS STORY, your trying to learn not ours. When you study that word proselyte from the Greek, it describes it's like a hypocrite X2, twice as bad, far worse than the original bad leaders even were described. Now here is where it gets serious. Basically when your a monkey see monkey do type person your putting yourself in that same boat and guess what it sinks when you overfill it. I trust the Lord your getting something out of this. I know I am. Anyone who uses faith Christ or religion to just go ahead and promote him/herself is in hot doodoo with the Lord. I didn't say it GOD's Own Word did!
The Fourth Woe: They Encouraged People to Swear by the Gold of The Temple
Matthew 23:16:: Here again Jesus chastises the ruthless leaders for their evil ways. This time He tells them they are putting money before God. READ it! They did not want the people comin to worship without receiving their own personal gold or treasures. Talk about putting the cart before the horse here. God does want some of your money, but He wants your heart first; NOT the other way around. He's not impressed by what you give in any fashion, if its not from the heart (Matthew 6:21). IN your giving be sure of your overall motive. He told the leaders they were cursed because they were doing it backwards. Search your own heart as to why you give and make sure your heart is right too.
DUE to the length, I will continue this in my next hub God Bless!!
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