Can You Really Be Holier Than A Pharisee?

The Pharisees are some of the bad guys in the New Testament.

They plotted against Jesus and were resistant to the gospel at every turn. But what did these villains actually look and act like?

According to the first-century historian Josephus, “the Pharisees were the group most influential with the people, were noted for their accurate and therefore authoritative interpretations of Jewish law, and had their own traditions and way of life to which they were faithful. They had a simple standard of living and cultivated harmonious relations with others.” (Harper’s Bible dictionary, 783)

Honestly, when I look at the Pharisees, I think: “They seem to be a lot holier than me…” But in today’s devotional verse, Jesus says something pretty surprising:

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How To Stop Feeling Guilty

How To Stop Feeling Guilty

Have you ever wondered how to stop feeling guilty?

Let’s look at King David’s life to find an answer.

In 1 Samuel 11, David did something awful.

He had seen a beautiful woman named Bathsheba taking a bath on top of her house. Even though she was married, he still wanted to sleep with her. So he did.

Worse, her husband was a valiant warrior named Uriah the Hittite, one of David’s mighty men, his most elite and loyal soldiers.

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A King In Their Own Image

Imagine this scene.

A crowd 10,000 strong had just been fed by twelve loaves of bread and two fish.

Jesus performed an uncanny miracle in the wilderness. And the people saw their opportunity.

Here’s what happened after Jesus fed them:

Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

John 6:15 ESV

Think about it like this.

How amazing would a politician who can eliminate hunger be? A king or president who can feed his people miraculously and provide for every need?

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