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Tuesday, April 14, 2009


April 15, 2009
Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth; thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff. Isa 41:15
Don't Be a Hypocrite
Jesus is the only person in the New Testament who used the word 'hypocrite'. And there may be a reason why. Archeologists have discovered a city named Sepphoris, built by Herod the Great when Jesus was a boy. You could see it from a hillside on which His hometown of Nazareth was located. It housed a giant amphitheatre. The actors who put on plays there were called hypokrites. They wore masks so that the audience could identify the different characters each was intended to portray. At the end of the performance they would take off their masks and the audience would cheer and clap for them. So, practising hypocrisy means wearing a mask designed to impress or deceive others. Ouch!
Then Jesus talks about three specific areas in which we tend to practise hypocrisy:
1. Giving. "When you give... do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honoured by men" Matt 6:2.
2. Praying. "When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you" Matt 6:6.
3. Judging. "In the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you... How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye" Matt 7:2-5.
So, the Word for you today is - don't be a hypocrite!
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