Saturday, May 13, 2017

Matthew 23:29-35 (KJV) Repentance Changes Us

Matthew 23:29-35 (KJV)
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. 
The woe for the Pharisees was not that they garnished the tombs of the prophets but that they had not changed from the nature of their fathers, who had killed the prophets.
The worst form of hypocrisy and deception is self-deception.
The Pharisees believed themselves to be better than those of the past when, in fact, they were exactly like those of the past.
  • Circumstances were slightly different. 
  • Names had changed. 
But the nature of the Pharisees was the nature of their fathers.
We do no good in apologizing for the sins of the past generations. Removing monuments and ignoring history does not change us. Repentance changes us.
  • Acknowledging our own sin
  • Owning up to it and 
  • Turning from it 
that changes us.
Woe to the one who grows angry at the sins of their fathers so they might ignore the sins in their own heart.

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Matthew 23:29-35 (KJV) Repentance Changes Us

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