Spiritual Living in a Chaotic World

That's What He Said, Do As I Say Not As I Do

November 02, 2020 Pastor Dave Tucker Season 4 Episode 21
Spiritual Living in a Chaotic World
That's What He Said, Do As I Say Not As I Do
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Spiritual Living in a Chaotic World
That's What He Said, Do As I Say Not As I Do
Nov 02, 2020 Season 4 Episode 21
Pastor Dave Tucker

Just before the last supper, the disciples of Jesus were bickering over who was going to be the greatest in Jesus’ kingdom. Who was going to sit at the left and who was going to sit on the right of Jesus. And Jesus, girded himself up with a towel and bent down and washed the disciples’ feet… every one of them…. including the feet of Judas! Such a wonderful example of perfect humility. 

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Just before the last supper, the disciples of Jesus were bickering over who was going to be the greatest in Jesus’ kingdom. Who was going to sit at the left and who was going to sit on the right of Jesus. And Jesus, girded himself up with a towel and bent down and washed the disciples’ feet… every one of them…. including the feet of Judas! Such a wonderful example of perfect humility. 

THAT’S WHAT HE SAID, SHENANIGANS PART 3
DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO
Mathew 23:1-12

Matt. 23:1   Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; 3 therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. 4 They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. 5 They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long. 6 They love to have the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, 7 and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have people call them rabbi. 8 But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students. 9 And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father—the one in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.

    As we look at today’s scripture reading we see that Jesus is still addressing more Shenanigans. As we unpack today’s scripture lesson there are several things that come out. First, in verses 1-3a we discover that Jesus is a faithful Jew. He was NOT trying to start a new movement, He was simply trying to reform the Jewish faith… He practiced Jewish law and customs and in today’s reading he encourages God’s chosen people to do the same. He is admonishing those listening to him to follow the teachings of the religious leaders… specifically the Pharisees and the Scribes. HOWEVER, Jesus adds to that admonition. “but,” Jesus says, “The religious leaders do not follow their OWN teachings.” They did not practice what they preached. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day were textbook hypocrites! Miriam Webster defines hypocrite as “a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings.” 

    What exactly were these practices of the religious leaders that was contrary to their teachings. In a nutshell, continuing from last week’s message, they lacked love for God and love for others. They placed themselves before anyone, or anything else. There were three problems that I noticed as I studied for today’s message. The first problem was, the religious leaders placed undue burdens upon their followers. An example of this is found in John 9:1-34. I would encourage you to read it when you get a chance. The story is about a man blind from birth. Jesus restored his sight on the Sabbath. Instead of the Pharisees being excited about this man having his sight miraculously restored, they got hung up on the day that he was healed on… not only that, but they placed the blame on this poor formerly blind man and they excommunicated him! By contrast, Jesus frees those who feel burdened with the weight of sin. Listen to the words of Jesus in John 11:28-30 -- “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

    The second problem is found in verse 5 of today’s reading. The religious leaders loved to be noticed by others for their righteousness and piety. Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:1-4, “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. So, whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Jesus was the perfect example of this humility when he told several people, after performing miracles, “Don’t tell anyone what I just did!” (Yeah, right! Like that was going to happen!)

    The third problem is found in verse 6. The religious leaders would put themselves in places of honor, and demanded respect from others. And yet… [Walking toward the table] according to the author of Philippians 2:5-8we are admonished to “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death — even death on a cross.

    Just before the last supper, the disciples of Jesus were bickering over who was going to be the greatest in Jesus’ kingdom. Who was going to sit at the left and who was going to sit on the right of Jesus. And Jesus, girded himself up with a towel and bent down and washed the disciples’ feet… every one of them…. including the feet of Judas! Such a wonderful example of perfect humility.