Having warned the crowds and His disciples in our last passage, today the Messiah turns His attention toward the scribes & Pharisees; not with warning, but with woe, seven times over. We'll take a look at the first three of those woes today.
If you're able, please join us in a copy of God's Word, beginning with verse 13 of chapter 23 in Matthew's account of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Today's sermon is entitled, "The First Three Woes".
13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people's faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in.15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.
16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.’17 You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that has made the gold sacred?18 And you say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gift that is on the altar, he is bound by his oath.’19 You blind men! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred?20 So whoever swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it.21 And whoever swears by the temple swears by it and by him who dwells in it.22 And whoever swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by him who sits upon it.
life application questions
blue = leaders only
living on mission: Read: Mt 23.13-22
What’s the main point? Scribes & Pharisees are false teachers. Their lies lead “their sheep” to hell.
Where are the “sick” needing a doctor in your life? Everywhere. We cross paths with people daily that are spiritually lost. Work, school, store, clubs.
How should the sick know that we are ministers of healing & reconciliation? “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. - 2 Corinthians 5:20
Our words and lives should contrast with the culture in a way that the culture cant help but to ask, “Why are they so different?”
How does a Christian unwittingly “preach” lies? Last week we observed false teachers were everywhere. Sometimes they are allowed to sneak in and contradict our witness. (radio, tv, video on in the background, reading material on the coffee table )
When you are stiff armed in your gospel message what do you do?
Love them but, don't soften the gospel, rather be firm in your conviction, letting people know that there is a truth and they are believing lies to their detriment (hell). Then go. And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them." - Luke 9:5
Who is being made twice as much a child of hell? Those searching looking for religious answer to spiritual questions. They are ripe for harvesting by false teachers and when harvested and taught the ways of earning their salvation they follow and are on their way to hell.
Why twice as much a child of hell?
They in their new found faith teach their faith. Damned for believing it and damned for teaching it.
Does your life look like someone that places Jesus above all? His glory set against the darkness of sin? Or does it look like you speak out of both sides of your mouth. Are you speaking at all?
As an image bearer of Christ? how are you taking his name in vein when you are wishy washy in your proclamation of the gospel?
When your yes, is maybe and your no, is maybe you are not behaving like one who believes as Jesus, said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. - John 14:6
sharing life together: Discuss any of the following:
When was the last time you told someone other than your kid that: that’s a sin?
Dads, are your leading? Do you need help rightly dividing scripture? Are you in relationship with other Christians? Are you a leader? Luke warm? Or hypocrite?
Do you have regrets about failing to faithfully deliver the gospel?
Is your worship more show & tell than humble adoration of the Savior?