March 2014

Hypocrisy Exposed Part II

In verses 23-39 Jesus continued to rebuke the scribes and Pharisees for their sin and hypocrisy. These verses provide a strong warning for us so that we do not fall into the same sinful patterns.

Hypocrisy Exposed

Jesus’ last words to the Scribes and Pharisees is a stinging rebuke of their attitude, behaviors and heart’s condition. Rather than seeking to please God, they have sought to exalt themselves through external obedience to the law and even more stringent rules than God has called for all the while, their hearts do not love God. This appearance of righteousness disgusts Jesus and he pronounces warnings and judgments upon them. Rather than follow the example of the Pharisees, we are to follow our instructor, Jesus the Christ, who willingly chose to serve rather than be served.

The Greatest Commandment

We were made by God for God. We were made to know him and love him. The most important task in our life is to love God with our whole being. God's Kingdom is established and grounded in perfect love. And Jesus teaches that the two greatest commandments are to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves. If we do this, everything else in our lives falls into its proper place.

Whose Son is the Christ?

This week in Matthew 22:34-46, Jesus masterfully answers questions from the Pharisees and then, turns the tables on them and ask them a question. Their answers and silence reveal that they do not know who Jesus is. This week we will examine Jesus’ argument in this text and his identity as Lord.

Marriage and Ressurection

Evading another theological trap, Jesus corrects the Sadducees in their understanding of marriage and their disbelief in the resurrection. Our marriages point to something eternal, namely our union with Christ and the resurrection. Jesus clearly teaches that both the patriarchs and Christians today, inherit eternal life with God.