Matthew 23:23-24 NKJV “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. 24 Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
A biblical definition of the word woe is:
The word “woe” is often used to express grief, regret, misfortune or grievous distress stated from such a great affliction of some sort or being in such trouble that an escape out of it seems impossible.
Some synonyms for hypocrite are: pretender, deceiver, imposter and phony.
Micah 6:8 NIV He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
There has too be a change in our hearts and minds. We cannot go on sinning that grace abound. Heaven forbid (Romans 6:1-2)! Purify your hearts, cleanse your hands (James 4:8)….think on things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8).
There aren’t any who are righteous! The very righteousness we do possess is like filthy rags before our holy God (Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:10). He knows our hearts. We cannot hide before Him. He is concerned with our hearts not what is on the outside (1 Samuel 16:7).
We have to humble ourselves before the Lord, and He will lift us up (James 4:10). Just like the widow who gave 2 mites but it was all she had (Luke 21:2-4)….like the thief on the cross, who said in Luke 23:40-42: “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”, like the tax collector praying and all that he could muster was God be merciful to me a sinner. Let’s just look at that whole exchange.
Luke 18:9-14 NKJV Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
The word of God is rich. There is a wealth of knowledge and power in the pages therein. Let us dig deep and see. The Lord will open our eyes and our understanding (Psalm 119:8 & Ephesians 1:18). He is good and faithful, loving and merciful (1 John 1:5, Hebrews 6:18, John 3:16, Luke 6:36 & Psalm 145:9). He is there waiting (Revelation 3:20). He longs to give good gifts to His children (Matthew 7:11). Understanding and enlightenment are some of the free gifts that He will bestow on those who diligently seek Him (Proverbs 4:6-7).
Heavenly Father, Lord of All Creation,
There is nothing and no one more mighty and powerful than You. You spoke the world into existence (Genesis 1). WOW! You have given life and breath to all of creation. From the smallest things in the air or sea to the very largest animals, You spoke and there they were. You spoke and there they were doing what they do whether it is a bird chirping and soaring, a worm drilling through the earth, a large and loving elephant caring for her baby or endless other beings too numerous to name here, Father, the list goes on and on.
Who are we, that You are mindful of us? You have made us a little lower than Yourself, and crowned us with glory and honor. You have made us to have dominion and you have put all things under our feet (Psalm 8:4-6). I praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and this my soul knows very well (Psalm 139:14). Whom have I heaven but You and there is none on earth I desire beside You. (Psalm 73:25). You are my everything. My very desire is to know You more, to make You known and to live my life in such a way that in the end You will say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord” (Matthew 25:23). May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight my Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:14).
Help us to walk humbly in this world, by Your great strength and for Your glory, in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Let’s worship today with
Great Are You Lord by Casting Crowns
Courageous by Casting Crowns
Humble Thyself In The Sight Of The Lord by Maranatha! Music
Galatians 1:9 NKJV As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.
If you do not know Jesus but would like to know more about Him, please read the following blog titled, Never let Us Go. God bless. https://thefathersfeet.wordpress.com/2020/01/07/you-never-let-us-go/