Full Of Dead Men’s Bones…
When we stand before our peers what do they see? Is it something that would be pleasing to them, pleasing to friends, family and community? Would they see us a good person, a righteous person or something else? What about our Lord, what does He see when as we present ourselves to Him in the first light of day?
As our days go by we tell ourselves we are taking more and more steps towards Jesus Christ, would Jesus see that we are doing just that or would He see something different?
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. ~ 1 Samuel 16:7 NKJB
The Pharisee’s always wanted others to see how godly they live so they would go through all these different “rules” to make themselves appear to be righteous when standing before others. People, their friends, family and community, would see them going through the motions of all these six-hundred rules during the day and see they were trying to present themselves as good people, godly people in the eyes of others. It would be impossible to carry out more than six-hundred rules in a twenty-four period.
When Jesus arrived, as He looked around what He saw had nothing to do with being righteous, Godly or anything other than what they had become – hypocrites.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. ~ Matthew 23:27-28 KJB
Being a hypocrite was right up there with being a life-long sinner – almost unforgivable. Jesus points to this as being a serious enough matter to tell the Pharisee’s, right to their face, they may be another devil, another demon that will reside in hell.
You serpents, you generation of vipers, how can you escape the damnation of hell? ~ Matthew 23:30 KJB
We don’t have to be this person. We can just as easily be the person that Jesus Christ wants us to be. What is our focus in this day? Who are we serving in this day? From where does our strength arise in this day? What fills our thoughts in this day? How are we treating others in this day?
But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. ~ Matthew 23:11-12 KJB
We know not who is Jesus among us. If we serve all as His child, our brother and sister in Christ, we are serving Him that loves us.
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of God, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.