By Abby Hamm

   “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!  “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people's bones and all uncleanness. So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”
Matthew 23:23-28


  1. How does Jesus’ language toward the Pharisees surprise you? Does it align with your expectations of who Jesus is?
  1. What would Jesus say about your life that may resemble the “tough love” he showed the Pharisees?

   Read the remainder of Matthew 23 to better understand the context surrounding Jesus’ “tough love.”

   Take a minute to examine your own heart and pray you would be made aware of your false expectations of Jesus..

Bible Reading Plan - Day 138

2 Cor 12

Ps 106:34–48

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