If you knew you were about to die, what would you say?
April 13, 2011 § 2 Comments
Everyone listens to a dying man’s voice. His last words. His reflections and final thoughts.
Christ fully knew when His time would come. He calculated every word and deed to coincide with the exact day that His crucifiction would take place. Consider that close to the Passover and before His murder, Christ spoke seven woes to the religious men of his day.
The 7 Woes are discussed in detail here.
“The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so practice and observe whatever they tell you— but not what they do.” (vs. 2)
“The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (vs. 11-12)
As we approach Easter let us consider the woes to the Pharisees and Scribes and examine ourselves to see if indeed Christ has found the same fault in us which He found in these self professing God followers. (For an overview of Pharisees and Sadducees click here and here.)
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary at Christnotes.org interprets this biblical passage below.
While they would seem to be godly, they were neither sober nor righteous. We are really, what we are inwardly. Outward motives may keep the outside clean, while the inside is filthy; but if the heart and spirit be made new, there will be newness of life; here we must begin with ourselves. The righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees was like the ornaments of a grave, or dressing up a dead body, only for show. The deceitfulness of sinners’ hearts appears in that they go down the streams of the sins of their own day, while they fancy that they should have opposed the sins of former days.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law:
Trash dump “workers” (those who make their survival off finding recyclables in a landfill) huddle around an aborted baby’s corpse in Honduras. The baby was found lying abandoned in a banana box. It was a teenager who discovered the body during my husband’s recent mission trip in conjunction with AFE.
Ron photographed these beautiful children just outside of the trash dump. The children’s hair is red due to a lack of malnutrition. They will likely not live long.
This is a home that you and 9 others can build for just 4,000 dollars with AFE to take one more family off the street and a heritage of children out of the trash dumps.
“These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.” Matthew 23:23
Raise the Risk Challenge:
- Pray for AFE and look at their website so that you can be a part of God’s work in Honduras (as I do the same).
- Read the 7 Woes and examine your own heart as I examine mine.
- Make a list of three practices that you can initiate or eliminate to look more like Christ from the inside out.