March 11, 2018: Matthew 23:25-36 (Rich Merkouris)

Matthew 23:25-36

25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.

27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people's bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous, 30 saying, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 Thus you witness against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers.33 You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell? 34 Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and persecute from town to town, 35 so that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. 36 Truly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.

 

  • What's in your junk drawer?
  • 4:00 What's lost inside of you?
  • 5:16 Does the inside of my life reflect the image of God?
  • 7:03 Be renewed in the image of God. God is in the transformation business.
  • 7:51 God sees through outward goodness and inward evil
  • Truths on what God has revealed
    • We need to have honest acknowledgement of the sin in our lives
      • Sin is ever present with us. 
      • Be honest to yourself
    • It's not about will power
      • Ask someone for help
    • You become what you behold
      • A deeper knowledge of sin, allows for a more joyful heart towards grace