41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?”
“The son of David,” they replied.
43 He said to them, “How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’? For he says,
44 “‘The Lord said to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.”’
45 If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?” 46 No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.
23 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 2 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. 4 They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.
5 “Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; 6 they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues;7 they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others.
8 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
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Observation: Jesus hated hypocrisy. The idea that someone would outwardly present one standard of living and expect others to adopt it, while inwardly living a different standard. In essence, “not practicing what they preach”. These are people that are nothing more than spiritual show-offs, and let’s be honest nobody enjoys the company of a show-off.
Religious hypocrisy fails to show others the way to the Kingdom, and in actuality it does the very opposite. Jesus came to do away with the notion that we are to be perfect. We all fall short, that’s why we are all in desperate need of a Savior. Not one of us is more important, more loved, more valued than the other in the eyes of Jesus.
I love the closing words of this chapter…it says it all! “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted”.
Action: I ask that you would help me to live authentically. Help me not to put expectations on others that I am unwilling to live out in my own life. I invite you in to my heart to do the clean-up work that is necessarily to bring my thoughts, and behaviors into alignment in a way that reflects your Kingdom well. May my actions and words draw the ones that you have put in my life closer to you, not push them away. Teach me how to walk humbly today and every day.