Identifying the foolishness in Hypocrisy

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NAU Luke 11:39 But the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the platter; but inside of you, you are full of robbery and wickedness. 40 “You foolish ones, did not He who made the outside make the inside also?

NIV Luke 11:39 Then the Lord said to him, “Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. 40 You foolish people! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also?

NKJ Luke 11:39 Then the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but your inward part is full of greed and wickedness. 40 “Foolish ones! Did not He who made the outside make the inside also?

What was a Pharisee? They were the political conservatives and religious fundamentalists of their day. They were a society of men who were zealous for traditional Jewish values that exalted the Hebrew Scriptures and acted under the guidance of their greatest influence, the scribes. They were zealous for obedience to the Law of God and stressed the righteousness of formality rather than a righteousness of action based upon faith. They focused upon the external, formal and mechanical application of God’s law rather than cultivation of an inner attitude. They reversed the focus taught in Deuteronomy 6:5:

“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”

Jesus, in Luke 11:39, 40, alludes to them being hypocrites because they chose to look good before men rather than living to please God. They focused on loving the WRITTEN Word of God rather than embracing the attitude of loving the LIVING Word of God expressed through faith before being demonstrated in their actions. A fool lives this way – living for the approval of men rather than God.

And so, a third characteristic of a fool is one who is hypocritical.

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