We've reached Matthew Chapter 23 !
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Note that many of these observations by Jesus could be applied to certain politicians.
"Upon Moses' seat sat the Scribes and the Pharisees"
Two majority factions within the Temple theocracy
"all therefore whatever they (should) say to you you should do and observe but the works of themnot do. thye talk for and not do."
Listen to the teachers and theologians and Temple and watch and observe teereoo
There are 3 things we are meant to do and observe teachings teachers and their actions
Note what Jesus condemns the Scribes and Pharisees for on the next verse.
Making the Law a heavy burden, performing in public pious actions and rituals, wearing extravagant versions of priestly robes, being honored guests and treated like celebrities at parties and being called RABBI or Master.
You might want to open your bibles and check Deuternomy 22:12
You shall make for yourselves tassels on the four corners of your cloak
then look at Numbers 15:38
the purpose of the tassels is "to look upon and remember the all the commandments of the Lord, to do them, ...
perhaps there were 10 strands in each tassel?
Note Jesus condemns them for having "mega" kraspeda making hems larger
so its not following Mosaic Laws that are the problems but adding to them with unnecessary personal ornamentation.
Please read the whole chapter before next weekend as there is one continuous theme throughout it.
Next time we look at Jesus' description of what a religious leader should be.
Also note that Rabbi can mean master as well as teacher .
He's criticizing those who are LEADERS