In the Bible, in chapter 23 of the Gospel of Matthew, there are passages known as ĒThe Seven Woes.Ē According to the dictionary, a woe is grievous distress, affliction or distress. Jesus was directing these warnings toward the Pharisees. As educated people and experts in the law, they had great influence over the people.
The first says; to the Pharisees for not letting others enter the Kingdom of Heaven and for not entering themselves.
People like this follow all the rules for the sake of the rules. Their good conduct doesnít come from their love for God but from their love for appearing religious. In their hearts, they are very proud of their good conduct and they are very concerned that others follow their rules of appearing holy.
The second woe is for making converts and training them according to their own rules instead of Godís truth. The Pharisees acted as the authority instead of giving the glory to God.
The third woe is for blindly leading Godís people to follow man-made traditions instead of Godís Word. This creates people who believe that their actions will be their key to entering Heaven.
The fourth woe is for diligently attending to the smallest detail of the law but ignoring the most important parts; justice, mercy and faith. People like this may attend church every Sunday and are careful to tithe exactly 10%, however, they fail to show mercy and compassion for others. Jesus said they should practice the latter but must not neglect justice, mercy and faith.
The fifth woe is for making a show of being religious while being corrupt and wicked inside. They may act very Ďholyí while in secret they may cheat and steal or are prideful and deceitful.
The sixth woe is for those who act spiritual while covering up the sin in their life.
In the seventh woe, the Pharisees pretended to have learned from past history Ė the prophets sent by God were killed by their ancestors. The Pharisees had not learned because they were now rejecting the Messiah, Godís Son.
How often do we say we have learned from past mistakes but show that our hearts have not changed as we continue to repeat the same behavior?
These seven woes were things that made God mad. What lessons are there for me? I will remember not to become so involved in religious rituals that I am blind to how I am treating people. Such as;
- Iíll be more open to different styles of worship.
- I wonít become so stressed that I am cross with family members when Iím trying to get to church on time.
And, when Iím telling people about the Christian faith, I will remember to tell them that Jesus is in the center of it and is the most important part of it.
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