Matthew 23:25-26 – You Hypocrites

Todays Readings: Ex 19:16‐21:21, Matt 23:13‐39, Ps 28:1‐9, Prov 7:1‐5

Matthew 23: 25-26 “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.

Wow, Jesus went off on the Pharisees today… “You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell?” “On you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth.”

And what prompts this? As I read, it all seems to revolve around their hearts being more concerned about what others see than who they really are. They are trying to clean what is on the outside. Inside, he says they are “full of greed and self-indulgence.”

Today, I’m asking myself how I can clean my inside. I do NOT like this because I see a lot of greed and self-indulgence in my life.

Anyone have some good ideas on how to clean out your inside?


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