Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Tuesday we continued our discussion of the difficult sayings of Jesus with some harsh words for the scribes and Pharisees.

“Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead peoples bones and all uncleanness.”

1) Why does Jesus condemn the scribes and Pharisees?

Sam said because they are hypocrites. They want people to see them as righteous yet they do what is evil in the sight of God. They claim that they would not be like their ancestors who killed the prophets yet they are plotting to kill the Son of Man.

Bob wondered if we are not being to hard on the scribes and Pharisees. They were trying to do the right things. He noted that there were Pharisees who accepted Christ.

Chris noted that the real problem the scribes and Pharisees had was that they didn’t want to relinquish their power. Christ demands that we surrender completely to Him and this was something the Jewish leaders refused to do.

2) What is the application of this teaching?

Jack said it is easy to become like the Pharisees. We want Jesus to bless our agenda and supply our wants. It can be difficult to trust Jesus. But we can’t find contentment and purpose unless we allow him to command us.

Grady advised that the best way to avoid ‘Phariseesism’ is to listen for the voice of Christ. We must stay in the word and be regular in participating in worship. We must also find accountability partners who will call us out when we get out of line.

Next week Mark 3:31-35. Consider the following questions:

1) Could Jesus have made the same point with gentler words? Why didn’t he use softer language?

2) What does this teaching mean to you?

See you Tuesday.

John

 

2 responses to “Tuesday Morning Recap”

  1. Jack Miles says:

    Today, 11/29/11, Eddie Burden asked for prayers for Alan Burden who is battling an unknown illness. Alan has lost 40 pounds in the last few months. Please keep all of the Burdens in your prayers.

    Alan’s address:

    1115 Hall Road
    Danville, GA 31017

  2. John Miles says:

    Thanks Eddie and Dad for bringing this to our attention.