During a recent scriptural conversation amongst brothers and sisters, a very interesting question was posed –
“Have we become like the Pharisees, Saduccees, and Scribes which Messiah railed against?” The question is a seemingly damning one initially, but after the concept sinks in a little and the sheer audacity wears off, you are left marveling at the thought with several more introspective questions to follow:
Do we only care about the “outside of the cup?”
Mattityahu (Matthew) 23:25-26:
(25) “Woe to you, Saduccees and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and unrighteousness.
(26) You blind Pharisees, first clean the inside of the cup and of the platter, that the outside of it may become clean also.
Have we become Hypocrites?
Mattityahu (Matthew) 23:28: Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
Do we do things to puff ourselves up to appear more righteous in the eyes of those we wish to reach?
Mattityahu (Matthew) 23:27: Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead [men’s] bones, and of all uncleanness.
Are we living a “check-box” approach to faith, fellowship and our living witness to Messiah?
The reality check may be harsh for some more than others, but the humility that follows is that much more powerful! Love your neighbor as yourself! Love Yahweh with all your heart, mind, and body! Cling to the hem of the Messiah’s garment! Be a faithful and righteous witness in both word and deed and seek to advance the Kingdom of Our Father here on Earth! Be “on fire” for Yahushua our Messiah and seek the truth and comfort of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit)!
Do not be found lesser than the Pharisees!
Mattityahu (Matthew) 5:19-20:
(19) Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
(20) For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.