More warnings for us from the Pharisees! Keep in mind that a hypocrite is someone who is playing a part.
- Don’t get so hung up on the little things that you neglect the big ones: justice, mercy, and faithfulness.
- Looking good on the outside when you are dirty on the inside is useless. Be clean on the inside and the outside will follow. Don’t allow greed, selfishness, hypocrisy and sin to run you life.
- Pay attention to the teachers that God has given to you now. Make sure that you are listening to the ones who hold fast to the truth that has been preached for thousands of years. Pretending to honor God’s word and his teachers from the past is just hypocritical if you refuse to listen to those who are currently teaching the same things.
Here’s an important note: the Hebrew Bible goes from Genesis to 2 Chronicles, not Genesis to Malachi. When Jesus mentions how they are guilty of the blood from Abel to Zechariah he’s authenticating/recognizing all of the books of the Old Testament that we do today (with Zechariah being identified as the descendant of his grandfather, Berechiah).
Finally, Jesus gives us some insight into the heart of God which aches for His people to know and follow Him (37-39). Jesus probably said this lament more than once, and He seems to have felt this frequently. “How often” shows us that there may have been numerous visits to Jerusalem that we know nothing about! Paul felt the same way about his countrymen, and we should feel the same for others we know that need Jesus.
Romans 9:1-5 “I am telling the truth in Christ (I am not lying!), for my conscience assures me in the Holy Spirit—I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed—cut off from Christ—for the sake of my people, my fellow countrymen,who are Israelites. To them belong the adoption as sons, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the temple worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from them, by human descent, came the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever! Amen.”