Jesus simply struggled with the religious leaders. Not simply because of their arrogance and self righteousness—More because of the way they crushed the oppressed and lavished in their own show of religion. Jesus always saw the men’s hearts first and foremost. The hearts of these men were set on killing him and maintaining religion their way. It simply did not matter that he was speaking the truth, he was calling their lifestyles and practice into question and that simply was not acceptable. He knew their plan and he was sickened that they would be so pious on the outside and so wretched on the inside.
In our lives we must first examine our hearts. Are we committed to him and his leadership? If that is not the commitment, then whatever else we do is useless. The number of services we attend and the number of activities we support become of no value without the desire to follow the Lord. This is the crux of the issue, when we follow the Lord we look like him. When we model him, we will do the things that honor him. So, the actions will show our heart. If we seek him with our heart, we will please him with our lives. Help me Lord, to seek you with my heart and allow my life to honor you.
God Bless You
23 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses.[a] 3 So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. 4 They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden.5 “Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside, and they wear robes with extra long tassels.[b] 6 And they love to sit at the head table at banquets and in the seats of honor in the synagogues. 7 They love to receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi.’…13 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you shut the door of the Kingdom of Heaven in people’s faces. You won’t go in yourselves, and you don’t let others enter either…23 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens,[g] but you ignore the more important aspects of the law—justice, mercy, and faith…27 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity. 28 Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness