Thursday, May 24, 2012

Are We Different Outside the Church?

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Matthew, Chapter 23, verse 23.
Of course we don’t give spices when they pass the offering plate around at church.  This passage reminds me of some who put large sums of money in as an indicator of their faith in God, yet their daily actions show quite the opposite.  Outside of church, they may be critical and judgmental of others, not generous to those less fortunate or unforgiving of others.  The thing that matters to God is how we live our lives as examples of His positive influence on us, not how much we put in the offering plate.
Here are some related passages:
*Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.  Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.  Matthew, Chapter 23, verses 25-26.
*Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.  Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.  Matthew, Chapter 23, verses 27-28.
*Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.  Matthew, Chapter 23, verses 29-30.

Because this is an example of how I've applied these Bible passages to my life, it doesn't necessarily reflect the whole meaning of the passage.


This is a connection I've made from this Bible passage. Please share your connections. 
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