“Phariseeism”

And as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him: and he went it, and sat down to meat.  And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner.  And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.

Luke 11:37-39

The old Pharisees.  Even today, two thousand years later, their name is synonymous with hypocrisy.  Even people who are unfamiliar with the Bible know of the Pharisees and their hypocrisy.  Here, a Pharisee sees Jesus eat something without washing His hands and was shocked.  He “marvelled” at it.  He couldn’t believe what he was seeing – Jesus was eating with unwashed hands.

Jesus, of course, knew all about this Pharisee and gave him a scathing response: “Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.”  That is a classic Pharisee: beautiful on the outside with nothing on the inside.  Complete hypocrisy.

Being human, we all have some level of hypocrisy in us.  When confronted with that hypocrisy, we have three options: two bad and one good.

Some people decide that since they are nice on the outside and filthy on the inside, that they should just forget trying to clean the inside.  Instead, they just make the outside as filthy as the inside.  That is clearly the wrong approach.

Other people just work even harder to maintain the nice whitewashed outside while completely ignoring the filthy inside.  They might try to deflect the criticism of their own hypocrisy by pointing out the minute flaws they find in others.  That was the approach of the Pharisees and it was clearly the wrong one.

The right approach is to keep the outside clean but clean up the inside to match.  When we find hypocrisy in our lives, we need to get it out by coming to the Lord for forgiveness and cleansing.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you for helping us know how to come clean . ..Jesus! God bless you!

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