Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Devotions -- The Upper Room

My devotion passage a few days ago, before I got sick, was from Matthew 23:23-8. Here is the ESV version. I love this passage, and often think of it when people complain about hypocrisy in Christianity. Well, Jesus hated hypocrites, too, and it shows a picture of Christ's love that includes mercy, justice, compassion, selfless, and understanding.


Here is the passage from Matthew, in the ESV and taken from Biblegateway.com:

23"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. 24You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!

25"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.

27"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people's bones and all uncleanness. 28So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

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