That You May Live Pure Blameless Lives (Matthew 23:23-28)Phillip Hopwood, September 27, 2015
Part of the Misc. series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Purity, being clean rather than "unclean", was a central part of the religion of ancient Israel. It is a focus of many religions old and new. What does it mean to live a "pure" life? What really matters to God? What makes us pure or impure in his sight?
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23Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. 24Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. 25Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. 26Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. 27Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. 28Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. (KJV)