Matthew 23:27 to Matthew 24:14
In the Scriptures today, Jesus attacks the spirit of hypocrisy: outwardly appearing in attractive shade but inwardly deviating totally from what is portrayed outside. He assures that those who live like this cannot escape the judgment of hell.
He decried the act of killing of those that were sent to Jerusalem by the citizens of Jerusalem and in spite of what they did, He still made attempts to put them straight but they disallowed Him. By so doing, they chose to be left to their own destruction until they would accept the salvation of God through His Son.
His disciples inquired of Him of His second coming signs and the end of the world but He warned them to be careful of being deceived by those that would claim to be Christ. So, He gave them the signs that would precede the end, emphasizing on how sin would downplay many and also, how those standing as the virtuous ones would be rewarded.
God always sees the parts that men don’t see. We can go a long way to deceive men but it would be of great advantage to us to always put it in our consciousness that God reaches out to us based on our hunger, motives and our innermost convictions. He desires that our external inclinations would be exact reflections of our internal thoughts because this proves our sincerity and sets God’s dependability and achievement of His purpose in motion in our lives.
My motives are in line with the Word of God and I will keep myself from sin. I am for Jesus, therefore, I shall not be deceived and I will not be corrupted in Jesus’ name!
Reading – Matthew 23:27 to Matthew 24:14
27 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.
29 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. 30 And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Go ahead, then, and complete what your ancestors started!
33 “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? 34 Therefore I am sending you prophets and sages and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. 35 And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 36 Truly I tell you, all this will come on this generation.
37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. 38 Look, your house is left to you desolate. 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’[a]”
The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times
24 Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. 2 “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”
3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.
9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
- Matthew 23:39Psalm 118:26
All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.