Jesus Warns the
Crowds against the Religious Leaders
Bible Study Lesson - Matthew
you do speaks so loudly, I can't
hear a word you're
Not sure who first said this
but I heard it from one of my favorite speakers,
No matter, the statement is
certainly true, which is why Jesus said to watch
the religious leaders and guard against. . .
Then Jesus spoke to
the crowds and to His disciples, saying:
The scribes and the Pharisees have seated
themselves in the chair of Moses; therefore all
that they tell you, do and observe, but do not
do according to their deeds; for they say things
and do not do them.
They tie up heavy burdens
and lay them on mens shoulders, but they
themselves are unwilling to move them with so
much as a finger.
But they do all their
deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden
their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of
They love the place of
honor at banquets and the chief seats in the
synagogues, and respectful greetings in the
market places, and being called Rabbi by men.
But do not be called
Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all
Do not call anyone on
earth your father; for One is your Father, He
who is in heaven.
Do not be called leaders;
for One is your Leader, that is, Christ.
But the greatest among you
shall be your servant.
Whoever exalts himself
shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself
shall be exalted. -
"Do as I say; not as I
Another old saying summarizes
was talking about when He said that the Pharisees
"tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men's
shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to
move them with so much as a finger."
This is not to say that
everything the Pharisees taught was wrong or evil.
They taught the commandments
of God and knew them
The problems arose when the
religious leaders began to interpret the law of
Moses and proceeded to put their interpretations
above God's law.
Or to Gain Power?
The Pharisees were beginning
to become more interested in power and recognition
by telling the people to obey their man-made laws
while, at the same time, they were ignoring
It's easy to tell someone
else how to live their lives but can we do that if
our lives are a shamble? I don't think
Jesus Warn against the Pharisees?
Jesus did not warn the people
about the Pharisees because of the laws they
taught. He had observed the way that they lived and
who they were.
Let's face it; they were not
very good examples to the people they were teaching
and many times put themselves above God.
Example for Us
Christ was an excellent
example as He put Himself below man and died on the
cross for us. In other words, He had a servant's
heart which is what Christ asks us to
Setting an example is tough
but reading Scripture and praying for guidance is a
good starting point.
The question is; are we good
examples for people to follow or do we just preach
- Love in
If you would like to learn
more about the love and life-changing experience of
Jesus Christ, please take a moment to
Read Today's Verses
American Standard Bible
King James Version
Verses for this Bible study lesson where
Christ warns against religious leaders are
from New American Standard Bible & New King
James Version - Lessons from Life Application Study
Bible: NIV - Passage above credited to Lockman