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Q60: 67. "Woes on the Pharisees"

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(1) They say but do not do.

The command given to Moseswas construed into a direction that the precepts of Scripture should be worn upon the person. Theywere accordingly written upon strips of parchment, and bound in a conspicuous manner about the headand wrists. But this did not cause the law of God to take a firmer hold of the mind and heart. Theseparchments were worn merely as badges,

Eze 33:32 And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.

If you do not pray for the words to support your life with divine power flowing in you, but you read and study the words for education sake of being wise and knowledgeable, you can become religious, without knowing Jesus, and Jesus does not know you, because you do not have a living relationship with Him.

As the writings say you read the words, but the words you do not do.

Jas 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

  • 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
  • 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
  • 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
  • 26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
  • 27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.(KJV)

    Religion and a religious person is a simile of the word culture, the way a person lives, his or her life style. Religion are rules a person lives by.

    Ac 26:5 Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.

    Paul describes a previous life style he lived known as a Pharisee, which is a strict religious person.

    Notice James defines "pure religion from Elohiym" differently as a lifestyle that loves others. Such a person is constantly taking the Words of Jesus, so Jesus' power flows through him or her. This beauty others see when the poor are uplifted, the homeless visited and the lost are searched for.

    There was in Jesus' day:-

  • the religion of the Pharisees,
  • and the religion of the Sadducees.

    Ac 23:6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.(KJV)

    Later, a third religion was added to the Jewish culture, in which all three of the religions were practiced.

    Ac 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians f irst in Antioch.(KJV)

  • Ac 11:28 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.

    All three of these religions went to the same Church synagogue on Sabbath as regular Jews did. They would have also spoken Hebrew, the language Jews knew, for a Jew hated learning another language apart from their own, but many Gentile Jews knew both Hebrew and Greek, like Paul did, and so in Antioch, the Christian religion first began there among Gentile Jews, people who understood both Hebrew and Greek languages.

    (2) Child like faith...

    The poor widow gave her living to do the little that she did. She deprived herself offood in order to give those two mites to the cause she loved. And she did it in faith, believing that herheavenly Father would not overlook her great need. It was this unselfish spirit and childlike faith thatwon the Saviour's commendation.

    Fantastic support this poor widow showed to give all she had for food.

    The poor widow was rich in blessings because she prayed for words that supplied her needs, and so her Father supplied her daily needs.

    (2) The Pharisees were exacting...

    The Pharisees were very exact in tithinggarden herbs, such as mint, anise, and rue; this cost them little, and it gave them a reputation forexactness and sanctity. At the same time their useless restrictions oppressed the people and destroyedrespect for the sacred system of God's own appointing. They occupied men's minds with triflingdistinctions, and turned their attention from essential truths. The weightier matters of the law, justice,mercy, and truth, were neglected. "These," Christ said, "ought ye to have done, and not to leave theother undone."

    The torah teachings are not about exactness, but relationship...not rules per se'...but loving...

    (3) The Pharisees were extremists...

    But the Pharisees did notleave these restrictions as God had given them. They went to unwarranted extremes. Among otherthings the people were required to strain all the water used, lest it should contain the smallest insect,which might be classed with the unclean animals. Jesus, contrasting these trivial exactions with themagnitude of their actual sins, said to the Pharisees, "Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, andswallow a camel."

    Some pious Christians go to a lot of extreme lengths to live holy lives with their health.And this is required of GOD for our bodies are a living sanctuary for the presence of the Holy Spirit.

    But how far do we go? That is the question...

    When chaos entered our world because of missing God's power, there is a need to live with as much of God's power as possible.This follows the "Law of Limiting Factors", to fix up the worst problems in your living with GOD first, and than fix the next smaller problem and so forth.

    Is there a Writing about this principle?

    Ex 23:29 I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee.

    Jesus drives out our problems one at a time, gradually when you are able to handle them.

    But many of us are vegans believing such Edenic foods still grow despite our polluted world. If we grow our own foods at home, we may develop many Edenic foods,and thus "eat more powers" from GOD, but this does us no good unless other factors of living the Christian life are also practised....

    Jer 2:13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of l iving waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.(KJV)

    If we fix up leaking flows of Jesus that are unwarrented as yet, and forget the other major leaks of Jesus flow of power into our lives, our Christian experience is unfruitful.

    For example we might avoid eating meat, but drink water with chlorine, alimunium and fluoride in it.

    Or

    We practice healthful eating, but forget fasting and mediation.

    Or

    We practice healthly living, but forget to support Jesus so that wonders of His powers flow through us, to help others who need miracles of His beauty.

    We have to be trained carefully by the torah teachings, growing and doing as Jesus directs us...

    So remember the "Law of Limiting Factors" and avoid unwarranted extremes.

    The next chapter of Desire of Ages..we look at "In the Outer Court"

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