The Pharisees

WHO WERE THE PHARISEES?

The Pharisees were a group of religious leaders in Jesus’ day. You can read about them in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the Bible book of Acts. They were razor sharp when it came to memorizing and quoting the scriptures. But they could not apply them. They made a big deal of little things that were not important to God. And cared nothing at all about the big things that are important to Him. They taught commands of men as if they were teachings of God; sidestepping God’s word in favor of their man-made traditions. This religious sect always sought to discredit Jesus and his followers. Why? Because the truth they spread exposed the Pharisee’s hypocrisy. They also envied the authority and clarity in which Jesus and his followers taught the word–something they could not do. The people noticed this as well. It enraged the Pharisees that others were listening to Jesus and his disciples, so they sought to kill them. Sounds familiar? Of courss it does.

HIRED HANDS

Please Read John 10:11-13

Jesus says he is the good shepherd that lays down his life for the sheep, as he well demonstrated when he willingly was crucified for the sins of the world. But the hired hands (false prophets) care nothing at all for the sheep. The sheep are not theirs, they’re only hired hands. So when the wolf comes and attacks the sheep they run and the sheep are scattered. False prophets are only in it for the money and power. They are more than happy to hand over the sheep to wolves when they attack.

MODERN DAY PHARISEES

There are religious leaders today who are Pharisees to the T. They fleece the flock; profit off the sheep, and run whenever danger comes. They are greedy cowards. They don’t stop to think: “Once all the sheep are gone (eaten by the wolves) what need will there be for us?” Won’t they be out of a job? Some of them really think the wolves won’t eat them too? So they make back room deals. (Isaiah 29:15) But they all learn the hard way that they were on the dinner menu too. Just as the Pharisees of Jesus’ day learned this when the Romans laid siege to Jerusalem in 70 A.D. destroying and enslaving the people and the priests alike. None was spared. What a price to pay for trusting in man instead of God.

FOLLOW GOD NOT MAN

The scripture is true that says if the blind leads the blind both will fall into a pit. When Jesus said this he was talking about the Pharisees. He called them blind guides and told his disciples to leave them. (Matthew 15:12-14) He is saying the same today. Throughout the scriptures we are told to separate ourselves from false teachers. (2 John 1:10-11 2 Timothy 3:5) These hired hands only care about money and power. They care nothing at all for the sheep. Their judgment has long been hanging over them. (2 Peter 2:3) It will soon be executed. Don’t get caught in their judgment. Have the courage to break away from false shepherds. Serve God in spirit and in truth. For these are the kind of worshippers God seeks. (John 4:23-24)

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