Matthew 23 Outline
– The 7 woes of the teachers of laws and Pharisees (Matthew 23:1-39)
Matthew 23 Bible Study
In Matthew 23:1-4, Jesus rebuked the Pharisees because they are hypocrites. They instructed other people to follow the laws but they didn’t obey them. The Pharisees often add additional regulations so there are a lot of laws for the people to follow.
In Matthew 23:5-7, the Pharisees are showy and did not carry out God’s commandments with sincerity. They do everything for people to see so that they can get praises from the people.
In Matthew 23:8-12, we have only one master and teacher, who is Jesus Christ. If you want to be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, you must serve others. Whoever that want to be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven must be humble.
In Matthew 23:13-14, Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for imposing a lot of additional laws in addition to the law of Moses. They like to pray long prayer to show off to people. If you receive your reward for things you do for God on earth, you will not receive any heavenly riches. If you want to receive heavenly riches, you must not let people know what you are doing.
In Matthew 23:15, Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for leading people into darkness even though they are zealous in evangelizing people. By evangelizing the people, the people will sin even more by preaching the false message and lead others into darkness as well.
In Matthew 23:16-22, the Pharisees create an oath system that prevent people from swearing in God’s name so that they won’t sin. When they make an oath, they put emphasis on the materialistic objects of the temple. God takes seriously every promise you make to him. If you make a promise to God, you must make sure you keep it.
In Matthew 23:23-24, the Pharisees pay their tithes but they neglect in obeying the law from their heart. What God wants from us is our obedience towards him. If you completely obey God, you will do what he says.
In Matthew 23:25-26, Jesus used the cleaning of the cup and platter to describe the Pharisees. The Pharisees are showy and they want to make people believe that they are righteous. They did not obey God’s commandment sincerely. We must not be like the Pharisees. We must obey God sincerely from the heart.
In Matthew 23:27-28, Jesus described the Pharisees as white sepulchres because they are responsible for persecuting many prophets that are sent by God. The Pharisees are hypocrites because they don’t do what they preach. They add a lot of laws and pass on them to others to follow.
In Matthew 23:34-36, Jesus said that many servants of God will be sent to them but they will persecute them by killing, crucifying and scourging them.
In Matthew 23:37-39, Jesus is rebuking their stubbornness to respond to the gospel. It is because the Jews first rejected the gospel that the gospel message is open to other nations so that they can be saved by putting their faith in Jesus.