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More Woes

27“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of filth. 28So you also on the outside look righteous to others, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. 29“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous, 30and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31Thus you testify against yourselves that you are descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 32Fill up, then, the measure of your ancestors. 33You snakes, you brood of vipers! How can you escape being sentenced to hell? 34Therefore I send you prophets, sages, and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town, 35so that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. 36Truly I tell you, all this will come upon this generation. (Matthew 23:27-36, NRSV)

We look good on the outside. Wear nice clean clothes and shoes. We put on a good appearance to make everything one think we have it all together.

But really we are falling apart on the inside.

Jesus says that the Pharisees and the scribes are whitewashed tombs, we paint over the outside of the tomb with whitewash so it looks good, but we all know that inside it is rotting and putrid. Just like when we put on our holier-than-thou dress and tell others they are doing it wrong when we are no better than they are.

We need to make our lives be an example of what Jesus has called us to so others are drawn to Him through our lives, and not tell others they are wrong for the way they live when we are only pretty on the outside.

 

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