This is a tough chapter huh? There are a bunch of “Woes!” Woe to the blind guides, the hypocrites, and he finishes by calling them a “brood of vipers!” OUCH! I would not want to be on the end of that tongue lashing then or now or at the judgment. But it ends rather sweetly with Jesus comparing Himself to a mother hen…only the chicks would not allow themselves to be gathered. Where’s the “Hmmm” emoji when you need it? Let’s get to the Bible journaling.
POWERful Bible Journaling: Matthew 23
P –So many nights Lord I go to bed thinking, “I could have done better.” Please help me to do better. I don’t like feeling I let myself get the better of myself…and not in a great way. I also don’t like the bad example I become when I do get the better of myself.
They teach and order well, but they live ill. They both break the law, and scandalise their subjects by their evil example, and thus incite them likewise to break the law…For men give more credit to deeds than they do to words.
The Great Commentary of Cornelius A’ Lapide
O –Here’s my take away from this chapter. I feel like a hypocrite here in this space often. I fear you come here and think I read my Bible everyday…some days I don’t. I’m afraid you see a picture where I’ve captured some beautiful light and you assume the rest of the house or yard looks that way…as I sit here and type, I have a mountain…MOUNTAIN of laundry to fold. I’m concerned you think I’ve got it all together and really I’m probably trying to figure out what it all is and where it all is. I think, you think…and maybe that’s just a big ‘ol ball of pride and you don’t even think about me, lol! I hope these are just threatening feelings and not the truth. I don’t want to be a hypocrite and Jesus go off with some “Woe to you Jenny!” I don’t want what happens here to make you feel anything less than a beautiful, wonderful, child of God.
W —vs 3…So you must obey and follow everything they tell you to do; do not, however, imitate their actions, because they don’t practice what they preach.
E –I think the only way to make sure I’m staying a true course is frequenting the Sacraments, especially confession…but not in a scrupulous way. I want to better myself, not battle myself.
R –Here’s my prayer, and it’s a simple one Lord…”Show me.”
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