Eight Woes-Part 5

(Matt 23:23) says “Woe unto you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye pay tithe of mint, anise and cumin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not leave the others undone.”

 

The fifth woe Jesus shares with the multitudes and disciples is the Woe of an outward show.  Thus, the Pharisees thought that if they paid their tithes they were in fact honoring God.  But the fact is that we can pay our tithes faithfully and still bust hell wide open.  There is no doubt that tithing is a part of kingdom living; however, if we are tithing as a show of the flesh it profits us nothing in heaven.  If we are tithing to be seen by men it profits us nothing in heaven; if we are tithing and our hearts are not right with God it profits us nothing in heaven.  Hence, the Pharisees were good tithers but they forgot about the other things which were foundational to kingdom living…such as judgment, mercy and faith.  Further saints, God is not going to allow us to have a place in heaven living half way right because He requires that we live the whole word, and when we mess up we have a way of returning back to God called repentance.  The outward show may take us lots of places on earth but eventually we are going to have to stand before a holy God that sees not as man sees: for man looks at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart.  Thus, what matters to God is the inner man because whatever man is on the inside will eventually manifest itself outwardly.  But the Pharisees knew how to wear the mask.  Let us be true to God as well as ourselves.

 

                                    God Bless You

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