Theme: THE DANGER OF HYPOCRISY
Text: “Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men”. – Matthew 15:7-9.
Comment: The worship of JEHOVAH God should, as a matter of divine principle, be untainted with falsehood, insincerity, dishonesty or and craftiness. Some examples of hypocrisy in the Bible include the case of the natural Jews who hypocritically worshipped the Creator and at the same time gave reverence to petty gods that cannot even think, speak or act. (Psalm 115:5-7) There was the case of King Amaziah who “did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart” (2 Chronicles 25:2) Truly, the heart is deep and deceitful. (Psalm 64:6; Jeremiah 17:9, 10)
For an assurance that Jonadab’s association was devoid of hypocrisy, Jehu asked: “Is thine heart right, as my heart is with thy heart? And Jehonadab answered, It is.” (2 Kings 10:15). King David knew the significance of a good heart condition, that is, why he prayed thus: “And give unto Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep thy commandments, thy testimonies, and thy statutes”. (1 Chronicles 29:19) The Holy Scriptures exhorts us thus, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”- Proverbs 4:23.
And God told Moses to tell the children of Israel to circumcise their hearts in Deuteronomy 10:16, which Saint Paul explained as been “circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ”. – Colossians 2:11.