Why do we need a lesson like this? In everything, we must have the right balance. The Scribes and the Pharisees were Doctors of the Law/real experts but were woefully lacking when it comes to doing what was right.
Matthew 23:13, 15, 23-24
Jesus pronounces woe (sorrow and distress will be upon them) they paid tithes but didn’t bother about the weightier matters of the law; So what are the weightier matters of the law? JUDGEMENT (the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions) MERCY (compassion or forgiveness shown towards someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm) FAITH (belief) He denounced them as HYPOCRITES (a person who pretends to have virtues-behavior showing high moral standards, moral or religious beliefs that he or she does not actually possess)
There is a story of a woman looking out her window who despised the woman across the road with dirty windows then went out and accosted her neighbor who calmly asked her to turn around and looked at her windows who then realized it was her windows that was dirty all this time.
One of the Pharisees who was a lawyer asked Jesus a question
Love God with all your being and love your neighbor as yourself! LOVE x LOVE On these two commandments hang All the law and the prophets - from Genesis to Malachi is the law and the prophets. The commandments are all about love. Love God and love one another.
The law should be second nature to us!
Except our righteous exceeds the righteousness of the Scribes and the Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus tells a parable for the self-righteous to hear, two types of people, the Pharisee and the publican (tax collector) The Pharisees prayer was against the tax collector, but the tax collector wouldn’t even look up to heaven where God dwells but beat his breast pleading for mercy and when home justified in the eyes of God.
The law is holy, and the commandments holy, just and good.
But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets. Let us examine the law that is (BUT NOW) is being referred.
Hebrews 10:1, 4-5, 9-10
Clearly, it is the law of animal sacrifices that has been taken away and the new way is through the blood of Jesus Christ once and for all.
Jesus nailed the law of animal sacrifices to the cross and became our Great High priest, he did not remove the ten commandments, dietary laws, circumcision, cleanliness laws, sexual laws, nor his Sabbaths or High Sabbaths
The new covenant is written in our hearts, not on stone tablets.
The Pharisees see Jesus disciples picking corn and eating it because they were hungry, Jesus points them to what David did when HE HAD NEED!!!!
David and his men are fleeing from Saul who wants to kill him, and He comes to Ahimelech the Priest and David ask him for five loaves or whatever food he has.
1 Samuel 21:3-6
The priest gave David hallowed (holy bread) which is only lawful for the priests to eat after hearing the men had abstained from sex for three days.
NO JUDGEMENT, NO MERCY AND NO FAITH!!!!
Matthew 12:5, Leviticus 6:13, Matthew 12:9-11, Deuteronomy 22:4, Matthew 12:12-14
The priest on the Sabbath days have to work, fire must never go out upon the altar. Jesus shows great wisdom in telling the Pharisees who were accusing him that it is good to do good on the Sabbath day.
NO JUDGEMENT, NO MERCY AND NO FAITH
Luke 10:25-37, 38-42
The Samaritan represents what church people would call a sinner but the only one who exercised JUDGEMENT, MERCY AND FAITH
Jesus shows who is our neighbor (anyone with whom we come into contact) and the correct approach even when on the Sabbath day when on the way to congregate. STOP-read vs 38-42
In Mary and Martha, we see two types of Christians, Martha represents those preoccupied doing this and that (cumbered) hindering/hampering their spiritual growth by running to and fro, burdening themselves with trivialities and having resentment to those growing in the word. Mary, on the other hand, represents those who stay close AT THE FEET OF JESUS AND LISTENING AND APPLYING HIS TEACHING TO THEIR LIVES.
Jesus tells us the servant is not above his master if they persecuted me then they will do the same to you.
Habakkuk is crying out to God about his people, those who are supposed to know God. No one wants to know the love of the law and so wrong judgement proceedeth.
Testimony of the apostle Paul formerly Saul, named after the first king of Israel
He knew who he was and clearly stated it and that as a Pharisee concerning the righteousness in the law, blameless, concerning the church and his zeal, hated and persecuted the followers of Christ Jesus. All this great zeal he had was without knowledge of Christ until the Lord had mercy upon him and made himself known.
Acts 6:1, 5-7, 12-15
Stephen is chosen because he was faithful and filled with the word of God and placed over the administrative task while the apostle preached the word. A substantial number of the Scribes and Pharisees become obedient to the true faith in Jesus Christ. Some jealous men revolted against Stephen and set up false witness against him and brings him before the council.
Stephen makes his defense and gives them an education from Abraham to Jesus.
Acts 7:37-38, 51-60
Stephen tells them their state which results in them stoning him to death but even at the point of death he asks God not to hold them guilty. THOSE WO KILLED STEPHEN HAD NO JUDGEMENT, NO MERCY AND NO FAITH BUT STEPHEN WAS FULL OF JUDGEMENT, MERCY AND FAITH!
Jesus forewarns his disciples
Paul consented to the death of Stephen and causes havoc, persecutes the Christians who are scattered but continue to preach wherever they went.
Saul on the Damascus road meets his God and savior from whom he receives instructions what he must do. When he opens his eyes, he is blinded. God instructs Ananias to go and heal Saul and after initially objecting he goes as an obedient servant and calls Saul brother. HERE WE SEE THE GREAT JUDGEMENT, MERCY AND FAITH OF GOD TO THIS OVERZEALOUS MAN WHO DESERVED DEATH!
Galatians 5:13-14, 22-26
Paul tells us we have been called unto freedom and to use this freedom to love for all the law is fulfilled in one word (LOVE)
The fruit of the spirit is LOVE, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.
God gives us gifts or talents for the common good of the body and not for selfishness.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and is from God our Father who changes not.
1 Corinthians 12:1, 4-15, 25-26, 28-31
Paul tells us of the diversity of gifts and that it is for the benefit of the body which is made up of various parts even though it is one body and all parts have a role to play. He tells the order which God has set in the church and makes it clear that not everyone has the same gifts, but we are to desire the gifts.
Christ is the head of the church and the savior of the body of believers.
Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and be washed with the word of God, holding fast to the true faith without wavering for God is faithful with what he has promised, eternal life in his kingdom. Let us consider one another and to provoke unto good works (stir up/encourage) Don’t absent ourselves from the body because it will suffer. Some are without a class nearby, but we have social media free-pray for each other, pick up that phone and make that call or text as we don’t know what that brother or sister may be going through.
LET US KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS BUT NOT NEGLECT THE WEIGHTIER MATTERS OF THE LAW, JUDGEMENT, MERCY AND FAITH.