Theme: THE DANGER OF HYPOCRISY
Text: “Woe 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.” – Matthew 23:23.
Comment: The Lord Jesus reprimanded the Scribes and Pharisee for been “remarkably scrupulous in the performance of all the rites and ceremonies of religion, but totally neglected the…practice of godliness”, as a writer said. They were sanctimonious and refused to submit themselves to the righteousness of God. (Matthew 15:7-9) The herbs (mint, anise and cummin) have little value in comparison to godliness. As hypocrites, they had a corrupting influence on the common people and cared for things of less importance and disregarded the judgment, mercy, and faith in God. It is clear that Christ did not condemn tithing as some people wrongly believe (Leviticus 27:30; Numbers 18:20-24; Malachi 3:8-12) but he condemned the hypocrisy of the Pharisees who collect tithe but were ungodly in character.
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