Christ Calls, “Follow Me”

 Daily God Walk for Friday, September 2, 2011

 Jesus said to them, “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees… They understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. – Matthew 16:6-12

 “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. – Luke 12:1


There are many smooth talking teachers who have a measure of truth but all too often when we take a closer look at what they are teaching we can not only see the error in what they teach but we can see the inconsistencies in their life.

What was it in the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees that Jesus was warning about? And what is it that makes hypocrites out of them? Could it be that the traditions they had built around the law had become so cumbersome that even the leaders could not keep them?

In Luke chapter 11 leading up to the warning against the hypocrisy of the Pharisees Jesus gave a few very severe reprimands to both the Pharisees and the Scribes.  He declares, “Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.”

He goes on to say, “And you experts in the law, woe to you because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.”

We must not only be careful not to fall victim of such teachers but we must also be careful that we do not make the walk of faith so difficult that those we teach cannot reach the standard we set. And we must be doubly careful that we don’t cover our own inconsistencies with justifications we do not allow others – that is what made hypocrites of the Pharisees.

 Prayer: Lord, grant me the wisdom to discern truth and error and the courage to reject the error and stand firm in the truth. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

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