We are on a journey with Jesus and his disciples through the Passover week teachings of Jesus. Jesus teachings during this time become increasingly passionate. After overturning the outer courts of the temple and sparing with the religious leaders, he now launches into a sevenfold warning against hypocrisy.
Some would call this a ‘tirade’ after reading it (Matthew 23:1-39). Jesus goes after the appearances. He goes after masks and facades. He goes after preaching one thing but then practicing another.
If I had to boil it down, Jesus is calling his disciples to be real – to live authentic lives in following Him. He does this by calling his disciples once again to humility, service, and the worship of God alone, following Jesus alone.
When reading the text for preparation of Sunday’s message, what do you think Jesus is going after? And what is Jesus calling us to do and be? Jesus calls the religious leaders many different names, “Blind! Whitewashed tombs! Snakes! Brood of Vipers! Hypocrites (5x’s)!”
This teaching of Jesus can’t be denied, pushed aside, or explained away. Matthew puts it right in front of us where we can’t miss it. Title of Sunday’s message: Seven Woes! Jesus Call To Be The Real Deal! Matthew 23:1-39
See you Sunday,