All Outside, No Inside

Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.  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.  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 uncleanness.  Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. 

Matthew 23:24-28

Jesus had nothing positive to say about the Pharisees, ever.  In this passage, He tells them exactly what they are in their hearts.  He goes on for fifteen verses about how these scribes and Pharisees have everything on the outside and nothing on the inside.

In these verses, He calls them hypocrites twice (with a third time coming in the next verse).  He calls them blind, whited sepulchres, full of uncleanness, hypocrisy and iniquity.  There is nothing good about this and there is nothing good about the way these Pharisees and scribes lived their lives.

The Pharisees were concerned only with the outside.  They wanted to look good and sound good, but they didn’t have anything inside.  They didn’t have any truth, mercy, judgment, and honesty inside.  They were the “whited sepulchres,” clean and nice on the outside, but filthy on the inside.  They were “blind guides;” they wanted to be leaders and they wanted everyone looking up to them and following them, but there was nothing there to look up to or to follow.

Everything the Pharisees did was for show.  There was nothing in their hearts.  What is in our hearts?  Would it match what our “outward display?”

6 responses to this post.

  1. Hi Ben

    Thanks for sharing. This is good food for thought… “What is in our hearts? Would it match what our “outward display?” ”

    Praying He is pleased with what He sees…

    Blessings,
    ann

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  2. Ah , God bless you, Ben, as you help us consider if our insides match our outsides! Praying it be so!

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    • I’m sure we all have something somewhere that probably doesn’t quite matchup, but I’m praying that He would show us those areas and help us work on them!

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  3. ————->> Thanks 🙂

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