Matthew Chapter 23
Seeing as Jesus will not be leaving the Jerusalem area you may want to begin thinking about a Temple, Upper Room, Garden of Gethsemane, a house for the high priest and one for the governor. You can include Golgotha and a tomb for Jesus to resurrect from.
So far Jesus has been very patient with the religious sects of the time, but now because they will not repent, Jesus rebukes them openly.
In verses 1-12, Jesus prepares the people first before He rebukes the Pharisees.
**Note: In verse 5: "phylacteries" (also called "frontlets") are tiny pouches of leather that Hebrew men wore on their foreheads during prayer, according to Exodus 13:1-16, Deuteronomy 6:4 and Deuteronomy 11:13-21. These scriptures are written on small pieces of parchment and kept in the pouches.
1. Jesus told the people to do as the Pharisees said, not "as" they did.
2. Jesus said the Scribes and Pharisees sat in Moses seat.
3. The Scribes and Pharisees helped the people by easing their burdens.
4. The Scribes and Pharisees let others sit in the best seats at feast and in the synagogues.
5. They made their phylacteries broad so all would think they were holy.
6. The Pharisees and Scribes loved to be called "Rabbi" and "Father".
7. We are suppose to call ourselves "Rabbi" and "Father".
8. If we are to be great we must be a servant to others.
9. God should be our true Father and Christ our true teacher.
10. To exalt one's self is to be prideful. An example of verse 12 is Proverbs 16:18-19
For verses 13-36 I will write statements. After each statement write "Agree" if you agree that the statement is what Jesus taught or "Disagree" if you think it is not what Jesus taught in these verses. Write the verse that proves your answer.
1. The Pharisees did not practice what they preached. By not living what they taught they could not enter heaven and kept others from getting to heaven also.
2. The Scribes and Pharisees gave the appearance of being clean, but inside they were filled with sins of extortion and self-indulgence.
3. The Scribes and Pharisees make sincere long prayers.
4. The Scribes and Pharisees would convert a person and teach them God's word, but how not to obey it by their example.
5. The Scribes and Pharisees practiced justice, mercy and faith while not forgetting to pay their tithes.
In verses 37-39 Jesus mourns over Jerusalem because they did not accept Him as their Messiah and their judgment would soon follow. I can't help but think that America is following Jerusalem of olds example.
America has spread the gospel throughout the world, we were formed as one nation under God and now we make laws to cast Him out. What will be OUR judgement, as Jesus weeps over us?
1. Agree, verse 13
2. Agree, verse 25
3. Disagree, verse 14
4. Agree, verse 15
5. Disagree, verse 23