Week 36   Day 3


            appearances seem so important to us 

            how we are perceived determines

                        how people respond to us 

                        how they think of us 

                        how we respond to them 


            more important  

            are issues of the heart 

                        the motives 

                        the attitudes behind our actions 

                        the purpose for which we do things 


                        the purpose for giving is not a show 

                        the motive for helping is not reward 

                        the reason for sharing is not to get it back 


                        giving in love is

                                    its own reward 

                                    its own gain 

                                    its own end 


            Jesus said the Pharisees were clean

            in outward appearance only 

                        making a show of righteousness 

                        with no real substance inside 


                        parading in public

                                    is not only arrogant 

                                    it is empty 


            get with the real agenda he said 

            the weightier matters of the law 

                                    like justice 








                                 A STRONG INDICTMENT

           Do what they teach, but don't do what they do!

                                             Matthew 23


     2Then Jesus spoke, saying:  "The scribes and Pharisees sit
in Moses' seat.  3Whatever
they tell you to observe, that do, but
do not do according to
their works; for they say, and do not do. 
4They bind heavy
burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's
shoulders, but they
themselves will not move them with one of
their fingers.  5All
their works they do to be seen.  6They love the
best places at
feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, 7greetings
in the market,
and to be called, 'Rabbi, Rabbi.'  8But do not be
called 'Rabbi';
for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all
11He who is greatest among you shall be your servant.

    23"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you

pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have neglected the

weightier matters:  justice and mercy and faith.  These you

ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. 

24Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!

    25"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you

cleanse the outside of the cup, but inside are full of extortion

and self-indulgence.  26Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside

of the cup, that the outside may be clean also. 

    27"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  You are

like whitewashed tombs which appear beautiful outwardly, but

inside are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness.  28You

also appear righteous, but inside you are full of lawlessness.

    29"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  Because

you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn their monuments,

30and say, 'If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would

not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.'

    31"Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you

are sons of those who murdered the prophets.  32Fill up, then,

the measure of your fathers' guilt.  33Serpents, brood of vipers! 

How can you escape the condemnation of hell?  34Therefore,

indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes:  some of

them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge
in your synagogues and persecute from city to city.

    37"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets

and stones those who are sent to her!  How often I wanted to

gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under

her wings, but you were not willing!  38See!  Your house is

left desolate; 39for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till

you say, 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!'"
               This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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