“Pharisee” is the largest of the three or four Jewish religious sects.

Describe briefly the characteristics of a Pharisee in the following verses (attitudes, motives, words, or actions).

Then ask yourself if any of these are true of you.

And if so, what do you plan to do about it, how, and how soon?

 

Matt. 3:7-10

Matt. 9:10-13

Matt. 9:32-34

Matt. 12:1-2 [see (1) Matt. 12:5; Num. 28:9-10, 18-19 with Ex. 20:10; (2) Lk. 13:15 with Ex. 20:10; (3) Jn. 7:22-23; Lev. 12:2-3 with Ex. 20:10; (4) Matt. 12:11 with Ex. 20:10; (5) Matt. 12:3-4 with Lev. 24:5-9].

 

 

Matt. 12:38-40

Matt. 15:1-3, 7-14

Matt. 16:6, 11-12

Matt. 23:1-7

Matt. 23:13-15, 23, 25, 27-29

Matt. 23:15

Matt. 23:16-17, 19, 24, 26

Matt. 23:17

Matt. 23:23

Matt. 23:23-24

Matt. 23:25; Lk. 11:39

Matt. 23:27, 29

Matt. 23:33

Matt. 27:62-63

Mk. 3:5-6

Lk. 7:36-39

Lk. 11:42-43

Lk. 11:53-54

Lk. 16:14

Lk. 18:9-14

Jn. 11:47, 53

 

Did you see how the Pharisees were racist; prideful; lacked compassion; judgmental; slanderous; spiritually blind; legalistic; evil; insensitive; immoral; worshiped God in vain; hypocritical; put religious people’s rules and interpretations above God’s; taught falsely; had wrong motives; were lazy; sons of hell; fools; neglected justice, mercy, and faithfulness; were thieves; self-indulgent; corrupt; poisonous; hard-hearted; didn’t love God; sought people’s attention; were lovers of money; hostile; and murderous?

 

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