23 “Woe to you hypocritical Torah-teachers and P’rushim (Pharisees)! You pay your tithes of mint, dill and cumin; but you have neglected the weightier matters of the Torah — justice, mercy, trust. These are the things you should have attended to — without neglecting the others! 24 Blind guides! — straining out a gnat, meanwhile swallowing a camel!
25 “Woe to you hypocritical Torah-teachers and P’rushim! You clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Parush! First clean the inside of the cup, so that the outside may be clean too.
More "Woe to you" from Jesus. He continues to give the Pharisees clear direction of how they are messing up the Words of Adonai. They might "look clean" on the outside, but the inside (heart) is full of corruption.
These Words once again show that God looks at the heart. God knows the intent. God cares what is inside, not out.
These Words should challenge us as well. We need to constantly check our Spirits and make sure they are in alignment with His. Make sure that our inside is ready to stand before Him.
We cannot always see the heart and that makes it challenging. This is why we have to "leave others" in the hand of the Father. We cannot see the wrestling between a person and God, so we cannot get between that space.
Not easy to do. We want to jump and accuse. God has to convict.
Stop today. Reflect on YOU. Get rid of the "dirty dishes" that are inside. Show justice, love mercy, and walk in TRUTH.
Love and blessings,
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