Thursday, October 8, 2015
Pharisees - The Evil Of The
Bible Questions Answered:
“The Pharisees did not like Jesus what drove them to do the bad things they did...?”
Kelly/ Chicago, Illinois U.S.A.
The Sin Of Pride:
Matthew 23:1-12 KJV
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.
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 Sin Of Hypocrisy:
Matthew 23:13-15 KJV
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 (Permit) ye them that are entering to go in.
14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretense 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.
The Sin Of Spiritual Blindness:
Matthew 23:16-22 KJV
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.
The Sin Of Being Merciless:
Matthew 23:23-24 KJV
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.
The Sin Of An Evil Heart:
Matthew 23:25-36 KJV
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.
The Pharisees were filled with the sins of pride, hypocrisy, spiritual blindness, mercilessness, and an evil heart.
Our self righteous ego may fool us into thinking, surely we do not fall into any such categories, but The Word reminds us...
Jeremiah 17:9 KJV
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Ecclesiastes 7:24 KJV
That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out?
I Samuel 16:7 KJV
"... The Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but The Lord looketh on the heart.
Jeremiah 17:10 KJV
I The Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
Matthew 12:25 KJV
And Jesus knew their thoughts..."
Matthew 22:18 KJV
But Jesus knew their evil motives..."
Mark 2:8 KJV
Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking..."
Luke 6:8 KJV
But He knew their thoughts..."
Luke 11:17 KJV
But He, knowing their thoughts..."
John 2;25 NLT
No one needed to tell Him about human nature, for He knew what was in each person’s heart.
May we always seek The Lord, to have His way in our heart.
Deuteronomy 5:28,29 KJV
28 "...and The Lord said...
29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear Me, and keep all My commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!
I Chronicles 28:9 KJV
And thou, Solomon My son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve Him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for The Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek Him, He will be found of thee; but if thou forsake Him, He will cast thee off for ever.
Jeremiah 24:7 KJV
And I will give them an heart to know Me, that I am The Lord: and they shall be My people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto Me with their whole heart.
Ezekiel 11:19,20 KJV
19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new Spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:
20 That they may walk in My statutes, and keep Mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.
Luke 8:15 KJV
But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard The Word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.