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Lesson # Matt. 23:29-33
Study Material - Matt. 23:29-33
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29 Woe [ouai] unto you [humin] , scribes [grammateus] and [kai] Pharisees [Pharisaios] , hypocrites [hupokrites] ! because [hoti] ye build [oikodomeo] the tombs [taphos] of the prophets [prophetes] , and [kai] garnish [kosmeo] the sepulchres [mnemeion] of the righteous [dikaios] ,
30 And [kai] say [lego] , If [ei] we had been [en] in [en] the days [hemera] of our [hemon] fathers [pater] , we would [an] not [ou] have been [en] partakers [koinonos] with them [autos] in [en] the blood [haima] of the prophets [prophetes] .
31 Wherefore [hoste] ye be witnesses [martureo] unto yourselves [heautou] , that [hoti] ye are [este] the children [huios] of them which killed [phoneuo] the prophets [prophetes] .
32 Fill [pleroo] ye [humeis] up [pleroo] then [kai] the measure [metron] of your [humon] fathers [pater] .
33 Ye serpents [ophis] , ye generation [gennema] of vipers [echidna] , how [pos] can ye [pheugo] escape [apo] the damnation [krisis] of hell [geenna] ? KJV-Interlinear
29 'Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, 30 and say,' If we had been living in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partners with them in shedding the blood of the prophets. ' 31 'Consequently you bear witness against yourselves, that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 'Fill up then the measure of the guilt of your fathers. 33 'You serpents, you brood of vipers, how shall you escape the sentence of hell? NAS
Jesus gives the Pharisees and their cohorts their final evaluation. They were guilty of keeping people out of the kingdom of heaven, guilty of subversion, guilty of perverting Gods truth, guilty of inverting valid priorities, guilty of extortion, guilty of spiritually contaminating everyone they came into contact with, guilty of pretending to be righteous while being rotten to the core, and now, worst of all, guilty of preparing to execute Gods only Son, Jesus Christ.
They preached righteousness and celebrated the great ones of history. They stood on benches and platforms and made long and political style speeches of those who have lived and died in the past. 'Well, if we had lived in those days, then we surely wouldn't have killed those great prophets!!!' They were hypocrites to the core.
Jesus calls them, as John did, a brood of vipers. A viper is a snake which is small and looks like a stick when it lies still. A person can collect wood and accidentally pick this snake up and get bit, and die. They are extremely poisonous and very deceitful. Such are the Pharisees and anyone who is even marginally or borderline negative toward God. These Pharisees were far beyond the line of being negative toward God.
From Greek mythology, the viper, 'echidna' was half woman and half snake. She gave birth to many more monsters and they went out on a rampage of deceit and death. This is the summary evaluation on the Pharisees (those who remained defiant against Jesus). Any of them could of course change their mind and change their whole attitude toward God and become saved and even advance in their spiritual life. But those who did not, continued in their final plans against Christ - the greatest prophet of them all, the Son of God, and the last of a line of prophets whom the Pharisees swore that they would not deal with, as their ancestors did. Yet they were liars right up until the final hours of Christs life.
The vipers lived in the fields and when the farmers burned off the previous crop, the snakes would try to escape the fires. They did not make it. Thus the fires of hell will consume any and all who reject Christ. There will be no escape for anyone who rejects Jesus Christ.
Now for each one of us. We do not read the Bible just to see what others did. We read it to be able to use it as a mirror for our own lives. We learn so that we will avoid being like those others who fail. We do not judge people we know. We do not say to ourselves, 'This person or that person does this or acts like that.'
Whether or not it is true is irrelevant to our own personal life. We read the Bible in order to grow up spiritually. To learn to discern life around us. We apply Bible doctrine to our own life and thus avoid these many pits and traps that can destroy our own life We avoid compromising our life. We avoid the making of excuses. We try our best to comply and obey without question, Gods commands and His guidelines for life - even if we initially do not agree with them, or don't want to agree with them.
We try our best to not be superficial. We listen and learn. If we do not understand or do not agree with something, then we simply park that information in our head somewhere until at some point God reveals (through more Bible study) to us more information that will make the original concepts more clear.
God knows what you need, even better than you do. God knows when you need things, even better than you know. So we just stick with our Bible study and persevere. Sooner or later we will discover that we have learned a great deal and have grown up more than we realize. But it all takes patience and persistence.
I stumbled on to some Bible statistics and found out that there are over 31,000 verses in the Bible. Well if we average only a couple of verses a day, then we have some 15,000+ lessons ahead of us. And we have been at this for over four years now. So ... What is the hurry?
Keep in the Word, Isa. 41:10.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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