Pharisees are very careless in their speech
The Pharisees said, "This man casts out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons" (Matthew 12:24).
Pharisees speak rude and hurtful words about others carelessly and pass judgement on others in their speech. Imagine calling the Son of God, the ... read more
Pharisees are very critical of others in small matters
"The Pharisees said to Jesus, 'Look, Your disciples do what is not lawful to do on a Sabbath.'" (Matthew 12:2)
The Pharisees knew that the Law permitted the Israelites to pluck grain to eat, when they walked through anyone's field. But what they questi ... read more
Pharisees bind heavy burdens on others
"They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger" (Matthew 23:4).
Pharisees try to appear spiritual by preaching high standards for others to follow but do not follow th ... read more
Pharisees boast about their accomplishments
"God, I thank You that I am not a swindler, or unjust, or an adulterer. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.... (Luke 18:11, 12).
We face a great danger whenever we give a report of what the Lord has done through us. We must give our te ... read more
Pharisees cannot appreciate loud praise in public
"When the chief priests and the scribes saw the children shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David," they became indignant" (Matthew 21:15).
Pharisees are disturbed when people raise their voice to praise God. They believe that reverence for God demands t ... read more
Pharisees care much for the opinions of people
"The baptism of John was from what source, from heaven or from men?" And the Pharisees began reasoning among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From men,' we fear the people; for they all regard John as a prophet." And answering Jesus, they said, "We do not ... read more
Pharisees concentrate on having a good testimony externally only
"You Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also" (Matthew 23:25, 2 ... read more
Pharisees corrupt others
"Woe to you, Pharisees, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in" (Matthew 23:13).
Sincere, young people who become believers are corrupted by Pharisaic ... read more
Pharisees do missionary work and make people twofold children of hell
"Woe to you, Pharisees, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves" (Matthew 23:15).
Pharisees may be missionary-minded, but their so-called "converts ... read more
Pharisees do not mingle with sinful people
The Pharisees said to Jesus disciples, "Why is your Teacher eating with sinners?" (Matthew 9:11).
Pharisees will mingle only with their own crowd of "holy" Pharisees. They criticised even Jesus for mingling with sinners. Is your holiness one that preve ... read more
Pharisees do not practise what they preach
"Pharisees say things and do not do them" (Matthew 23:3).
This verse is the opposite of Acts 1:1 where it is written about Jesus that He "did (first) and (then) taught". The Pharisees taught but did not do. They did not practise what they preached. Jes ... read more
Pharisees exalt themselves over others
"This tax-collector went to his house justified rather than the Pharisee - for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled" (Luke 18:14).
Pharisees cannot be justified by God because they exalt themselves. God humbles all those who exalt themselves ove ... read more
Pharisees glory in external righteousness
Jesus said, "Unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:20)
What did Jesus mean here? Do we have to fast, pray and tithe more than the Pharisees did?
Jesus was not talk ... read more
Pharisees glory in their connection to godly men
"Do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our father'" (Matthew 3:9).
A Pharisee knows he is not godly himself, and so he seeks to be associated with "Brother X", who has a reputation as a godly man, so that he can claim godl ... read more
Pharisees have knowledge without obedience
Jesus said, "The Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them" (Matthew 23:2, 3).
In Matthew 23, Jesus exposes m ... read more
Pharisees have no concern for lost sinners
"The Pharisees said, 'This crowd which does not know the Law is accursed'" (John 7:49).
Today's Pharisees can have the same attitude towards those going to hell and say, "O these people who don't accept Christ as their Saviour are going to hell." That ... read more
Pharisees have no justice, no mercy and no faithfulness
"You Pharisees have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done.... (Matthew 23:23).
The Pharisees were unjust and unfair in their dealings with people. They had no me ... read more
Pharisees imagine that God is their Father when actually Satan is their father
Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love Me....ou are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father" (John 8:42, 44).
Jesus told the Pharisees to their faces that their father was the devil. Some preachers ... read more
Pharisees imagine that they are better than others
"Jesus spoke this parable to some people who viewed others with contempt: Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee....ho prayed to himself: 'God, I thank You that I am not like other people" (Luke 18:9-11).
In this parable we observe fir ... read more
Pharisees interpret Scripture without revelation from God
"Woe to you, blind guides, who say, `Whoever swears by the temple, that is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple is obligated.' You fools and blind men! Which is more important, the gold or the temple that sanctified the gold? And, `Whoeve ... read more
Pharisees judge godly people for not doing something that they do
The Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath" (John 9:16).
Pharisees assess people not by their godliness but by whether they observe some religious ritual or not. They were certain that Jesus could not be from Go ... read more
Pharisees justify themselves
"Jesus said to the Pharisees, 'You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God'" (Luke 16:15).
A Pharisee justifies himself in every situ ... read more
Pharisees live by rules
"And a man was there whose hand was withered. And they questioned Jesus, asking, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?" - so that they might accuse Him" (Matthew 12:10).
Pharisees live by rules. They don't live by the life of Jesus. Their ridiculous ru ... read more
Pharisees look down on others
"Jesus spoke this parable to some people who viewed others with contempt" (Luke 18:9).
There are various reasons why people view others with contempt. They may have been taught by their parents from childhood to look down on others who are inferior in ... read more
Pharisees love money
"The Pharisees were lovers of money" (Luke 16:14).
When we think of the Pharisees, we don't usually associate the love of money with them. But in actual fact this is one of the clearest marks of a Pharisee. Even if you do not have any of the other 49 c ... read more
Pharisees love positions and titles of honour
They love to sit at the head table at church dinners, basking in the most prominent positions, preening in the radiance of public flattery, receiving honorary degrees, and getting called 'Doctor' and 'Reverend'. Don't let people do that to you, put you on ... read more
Pharisees neglect their family responsibilities in the name of religion
"Why do you transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, 'Honor your father and mother'....ut you say, 'Whoever says to his father or mother, "Whatever I have that would help you has been given to God," he is not to hono ... read more
Pharisees persecute God's prophets
"I am sending you prophets....ome of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city, so that upon you may fall the guilt of all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of rig ... read more
Pharisees persecute those who don't listen to them
"The Pharisees told him (the blind man who was healed), "You were born entirely in sins, and are you teaching us?" So they put him out (of the synagogue). (John 9:34).
The Pharisees could not heal that poor man who was born blind. But when Jesus healed ... read more
Pharisees pray long, impressive prayers in public
"Woe to you, Pharisees, because for a pretence you make long prayers; therefore you will receive greater condemnation" (Matthew 23:14).
I have observed through the years, that those who pray the longest in public are those who are prayerless in private ... read more
Pharisees say they would never have done the evil that others did
"You Pharisees build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, and say, 'If we had been living in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partners with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.'" (Matthew 23:29, 30).
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Pharisees seek honour from men
"The Pharisees do all their deeds to be noticed by men" (Matthew 23:5).
Jesus said that the Pharisees would pray standing in the street-corners and pray loudly (Matthew 6:1). Jesus was obviously exaggerating here - but with a purpose. He was a great ma ... read more
Pharisees seek to catch others in their words
Some Pharisees came to Jesus, testing Him and asking, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all?" (Matthew 19:3).
Pharisees seek to catch people in something they say in order to accuse them before others.
They may even ask y ... read more
Pharisees strain out mosquitoes and swallow camels
"You Pharisees, hypocrites and blind guides - who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!" (Matthew 23:24).
Pharisees are very careful in small unimportant matters (straining out dead mosquitoes). But they neglect to obey the commands in Scripture (swal ... read more
Pharisees take advantage of poor people
"Woe to you, Pharisees, because you devour widows' houses" (Matthew 23:14).
We don't know how exactly the Pharisees "devoured" the houses of these widows. They may have urged those poor widows to give their property for "the work of the Lord", telling ... read more
Pharisees test God by asking Him for signs
"The Pharisees said to Jesus, 'Teacher, we want to see a sign from You'" (Matthew 12:38).
Pharisees always want some sign or miracle to be assured of the truth. They cannot live by simple faith. And that is why religious charlatans are able to deceive ... read more
Pharisees think that holiness is in the style of one's clothes
"The Pharisees broaden their phylacteries (small cases containing Scripture texts worn on the forehead) and lengthen the tassels of their garments" (Matthew 23:5).
Another characteristic of Pharisees is to glory in the "holiness" of their clothes!!
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Pharisees trust in their own righteousness
"He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous" (Luke 18:9).
There is a righteousness of faith, which is a gift from God. And there is a righteousness which we can produce ourselves. The way to find out whi ... read more
Pharisees value their traditions more than God's Word
"Jesus said to the Pharisees, 'You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition'" (Mark 7:9).
All churches have traditions of some sort or the other. If those traditions have become more important to you than God' ... read more
Power for Life and for Service
We could never have met that first need by ourselves. God had to meet it. It's likewise with the second. We cannot live a life that pleases God or that fulfills all His will, in our own strength. Some are wise enough to acknowledge this right at the begi ... read more
Praising The Lord In Holy Attire
It is the spirit of praise confessing our faith in the Lord that puts the enemy to flight. We also see that Jehoshapat's army praised the Lord in holy attire. This is the balance we need in the church - the spirit of praise along with the spirit of holin ... read more
Prayer - Speaking to God
Communication with God is a two-way matter. We hear God speaking to us through His Word first. And then we speak to Him.
But prayer is not just making requests to God. A primary part of prayer should be having fellowship with God, like a bride with her ... read more
Preserve Your Devotion to Jesus At Any Cost
In 2 Cor.11: 2-3, Paul spoke about how he was leading them to be engaged to Jesus Christ to be married to Jesus one day. He had a tremendous jealousy that they should not fall in love with anybody on the way.
Think of Abraham's servant who was taking R ... read more
Preserving The Church From Satan's Agents
Jesus said that the church He builds has one identifying mark : It overpowers the gates of hell (the forces of spiritual death). On the other hand, if a church is itself overcome by the forces of spiritual death - that is, by jealousy, or strife, or a com ... read more
Jesus told His apostles to teach others to obey all that He had commanded (Matt. 28:20). One who loves the Lord will first of all seek with all his heart to find out what those commandments are; and then he will seek to obey them (John 14:21).
Under th ... read more
Proving God's Perfect Will
When faced with an issue concerning which we are unsure as to whether it is God's will or not, it is good for us to ask ourselves twelve questions. As we answer these questions honestly, it will become increasingly clear to us what the will of God is.
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Reaction To Criticism And Opposition
When the children of Israel were rebellious and said "Let us appoint another leader," Moses just fell on his face and kept quiet. We read that, "Moses and Aaron fell on their faces in the presence of all the assembly of the congregation of the sons of ... read more
Receiving All Of God's Children
We must have as many brothers and sisters as God has children.
We should wholeheartedly welcome and receive all whom God Himself has received (Rom. 14:1; 15:7). If Jesus is not ashamed to call someone His brother, we shouldn't be ashamed either (Heb. ... read more
Religiosity or Spirituality?
One of the greatest dangers that faces the Christian in his pursuit of a holy life is that of ending up being religious and not spiritual. Religiosity is often mistaken by the undiscerning believer for spirituality. But there is a world of difference betw ... read more
Repent from Living for yourself
Someone has said that truth is like a bird and has two wings - "It is written" and "It is also written". If you have only one wing, you will go around in circles perpetually and probably astray. But when you have both wings you move forward. Consider the ... read more