Matt. 23: Woe to You
Woe to you scribes and Pharisees – hypocrites
If you thought Jesus was just a gentle man who only spoke of love and kindness, you have not read your Bible. Yes, Jesus was merciful to those who came to Him with a humble, penitent heart. But for those who rejected His message, Jesus denounced them in the harshest of language. His greatest condemnation was for the religious leaders whose outward piety covered hardened hearts of sin and hypocrisy.
In today’s lesson Jesus:
- Warns the multitude against the scribes and Pharisees;
- Pronounces woes upon the scribes and Pharisees;
- Weeps over Jerusalem.
This chapter concludes the clash between the Lord Jesus and the religious rulers. He warns the multitudes about them and then denounces the religious rulers in unmistakable terms. No words that ever fell from the lips of our Lord were more scathing. It is a merciless condemnation. If you read this chapter carefully, it will blanch your own soul.
[pullquote_center width=”85%”]But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. (Matthew 23:13)[/pullquote_center]
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