Hypocrisy

Jesus attacks a system of rules and regulations - Mark 7:14 – 7:23 (commentary)

In this passage Jesus was attacking a system which put rules and regulations before the claim of human need (vv. 8-13). The commandment of God was that the claim of human love should come first; the commandment of the scribes was that the claim of legal rules and regulations shou …

Jesus said the temple is a den of thieves - Mark 11:12 – 11:18 (commentary)

As Jesus and His disciples were leaving, Bethany for Jerusalem, the next morning, Jesus spotted a fig tree with leaves on it (vv. 12-13). He was hungry and because it had leaves it should have some fruit on it. (The fig tree usually has fruit when it displays its leaves). When H …

Jesus makes a series of charges against the scribes - Mark 12:35 – 12:44 (commentary)

Jesus asks a very important question of: Who is the Messiah (v. 35)? Then he quotes Psalm 110:1 to show that David considered the Messiah to be his Lord, not just his son (v. 36). The religious leaders did not understand that the Messiah would be far more than a human descendant …

God’s Indictment of All Hypocrites - Romans 2:1 – 2:11 (commentary)

It seems that this passage describes God’s indictment of all hypocrites, regardless of race or religion, culture or creed. Both Jews and Gentiles are included in this discussion, but the Gentile often appears in a better light than the Jew. Verse five points out the fact that the …

Ananias & Sapphira Hide the Truth & Suffer Consequences - Acts 5:1 – 5:11 (commentary)

In the last few verses of chapter 4 we are told about the church members selling their possessions and bring­ing the money to the church. No doubt the people were praising God for the generous offering Barnabas had given. Ananias and Sapphira decided they would like to have t …

The Lord Came to Judge - Psalms 50:1 – 50:6 (commentary)

This is the first of twelve Psalms (50 and 73-83) thought to have been written by Asaph. Asaph was one of David’s three chief musicians appointed to be the choir director over the sacred choral services of Israel (I Chronicles 16:15). He was selected by the Levites to lead the mu …

Paul Confronts Peter About Hyprocrisy. - Galatians 2:11 – 2:14 (commentary)

Apparently sometime after the conference described in the previous verses, Peter came from Jerusalem to Antioch (v. 11). At first he mingled freely with the Gentiles, enjoying their fellowship. Then some men from Jerusalem arrived who were following strict Jewish traditions. They …

A Hyprocrite is Ready to Falsely Accuse - Proverbs 11:6 – 11:11 (commentary)

The strong passions of the wicked draws them to death and destruction. Death for the wicked puts an end to all he has hoped to accomplish (v.7). Neither his wealth or his power can postpone death. A vivid example of this can be found in the book of Esther when the trou …

Jesus Teaching in Parables - Luke 6:39 – 6:49 (commentary)

In this passage we find three parables. A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. Jesus used several parables drawn from everyday life to illustrate the principles He was teaching:The Eye and its Focus (vv. 39-42) - Discernment is the key as we tend to judge.To s …

Woe to the Pharisees - Luke 11:37 – 11:44 (commentary)

There is no place or circumstance that draws a man out and shows what he really is more than at a meal; whether he is surrounded by friends with whom he may have fellowship, or he is in the midst of enemies who are ready to find fault with him. This Pharisee who invited …

Leaders Didn’t Understand Who Jesus Was - Luke 20:41 – 20:47 (commentary)

The Pharisees and Sadducees had asked their questions. Then Jesus asked them: “What do you think about Christ? Whose Son is He” (v. 41)? They knew that the Messiah would be a descendent of David but did not understand He was God in the flesh. This is a key quest …

The Contention of The Lord - Hosea 4:1 – 4:10 (commentary)

In this chapter God brings a charge of disobedience against Israel (v. 1). The religious leader had replaced true worship of God with ritual prostitution. The nation had gone down hill spiritually and morally, breaking the laws God had given to them. The people found it e …

Rehoboam’s evil reign in Judah - I Kings 14:21 – 14:31 (commentary)

Jeroboam’s reign in the northern kingdom of Israel actually covered the same period of time as the reigns of Rehoboam, Abijam and the beginning of Asa’s rule in the southern kingdom of Judah. each ruler of Judah is introduced by reference to his age at accession, the numb …