Why would the Pharisees help people?

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02.04.2018 – New Testament: Matt 23.4–7

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 23.1–22 on February 4, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

Pharisees would tell people what to do, but they would not do anything to help those people. Why would they not assist people? It is because they saw religion for a different purpose,

“For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi’” (Matthew 23.4–7).

To them religion was not about God and others, but it was about themselves. They did what made them look good to people and avoided what they thought would tarnish their image in the eyes of men.


  • Why do you practice religion?
  • Does your answer to that question show up in the way that you live?

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