Matthew 23: 2-12

“The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.  Therefore, whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do.  For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.  But all their works they do to be seen by men.  They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments.  They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, greetings in the marketplace, and to be called by men Rabbi, Rabbi.  But you, do not be called Rabbi; for One is your teacher, the Christ and you are all brethren.  Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.  And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ.  But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.  And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

When Jesus says “they do not practice what they preach”, who is Jesus talking about?  Not just the scribes and Pharisees.  Not just those who lived a long time ago; not even just religious professionals.  Could Jesus’ sharp words be about you and me?

The “scribes and Pharisees” are said to “tie up burdens and lay them on the shoulders of others”.  Could it be me that Jesus is talking about?  Do I ever act in that way?  Is it me who likes to have my status made clear to others?  Or do I really want to become a humble servant as Jesus suggests that I should?


Taken from Pray as You Go Application

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