Tag: rules of men
Scripture reading for January 21st: Matthew 15
Key verses: Matthew 15:7-9 “You hypocrites!” Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: “These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. They worship Me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.”
Hypocrisy is very simply ‘play-acting’; putting on a show to please an audience. The Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus day had devised many man-made rules to give them control over the people and make people think that they were super-spiritual. The fatal flaw in their thinking was the fact that nothing is hidden from God! (Hebrews 4:13) Jesus knew what was in men’s hearts and correctly took the prophesy of Isaiah to reveal their false worship and failure to worship God in spirit and truth!
Hypocrisy is rampant in the time we live. Everyone tries to play to the audience of their peers and even in church try to appear as ‘super-spiritual’! God wants our hearts to be pure towards Him and for each person to come humbly before Him. He wants our true worship, not just rituals taught by men. He doesn’t want us putting on a show or saying nice words or singing great love songs to Him when our hearts are full of adultery, lying, idolatry and sin! (Matthew 15:18-19) Be quick to repent of any hypocrisy in your life!
Observation for over-comers: Stay humble and honest in your relationship with God and Christ. Ask God to search you and reveal areas in need of repentance. “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)