Matthew 23:25-26 NIV2011
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.”
Jesus had just entered the city of Jerusalem on his walk to the cross. He addressed the crowd gathered especially the teaches of the Law and the Pharisees. He gave them seven woes much like Isaiah gave woes and judgements. Isaiah 5:21, “Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.” Jesus wanted the leaders to reflect the work God could do in their heart. When they were empty of self and filled with Him, with hearts clean their teaching would be as well. Clean hearts reflect Christ.
After reading this Scripture early today, I wondered if I was like the Pharisees. So I asked myself this question, “Am I a great pretender?” I remember a friend leading our Bible Study group many years ago asking us, “Do you play dress up like the people in the country club?” I smiled because we were not members but I got the point. I want my outward appearance to match my true character. After studying God’s Word for many years, I never want my heart to become legalistic but remain clean, reflecting Christ.
What’s our daily heart attitude?
Reflecting Christ together,