“What Jesus Demands From The World” – Daily Devotional (6/27/10): Demand #26 “Your Righteousness Must Exceed That of the Pharisees: Clean the Inside of the Cup”

 

Matthew 23:24-26

“You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!  Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.”

Mark 7:21-23

“From within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

  “Jesus’ description of the heart of the Pharisees, which we saw in the previous chapter, is devastating: greed, self-indulgence, dead bones, uncleanness, hypocrisy, lawlessness. Not surprisingly, when this kind of heart protects and provides for itself by looking “righteous” on the outside, it necessarily majors on the minors of righteousness (pg. 196).”

John Piper mentions Six Commands from Jesus in Matthew 5 for those who want to surpass superficial Pharisee-style righteousness:

1.)    Avoid staying angry at others, rather than merely avoiding murder (vs. 21-26)

2.)    Stay internally pure by fighting off lust, rather than merely avoiding adultery (vs. 28)

3.)    Intentionally being faithful to your spouse, rather than looking for divorce loopholes (vs. 32)

4.)    Be honest and make simple promises, rather than taking extravagant oaths (vs. 33)

5.)    Lovingly respond to provocation, rather than lashing out and taking vengeance (vs. 39-42)

6.)    Treat everyone with love, rather than loving only our friends and family (vs. 43-44)

***  A great worship song that reminds me of the importance of having a clean heart that overflows out into good deeds is “From The Inside Out” by Hillsong United.  A video of this song is linked in my Vodpod on this page.  May you strive to love Jesus from the inside out!

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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