“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. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
(Matthew 23:25-28 ESV)
Today we study the fifth and sixth of Jesus’ seven “woes” – words of condemnation – spoken against the Jewish religious leaders and their religious system. Jesus’ comments are still very applicable to those today who participate in man-made religious systems instead of pursuing a relationship with God through Jesus.
The fifth “woe” from Jesus again…
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