Matthew 23:27–28 (ESV)
Seven Woes to the Scribes and Pharisees (Woe #6)
27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness.28 So
you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
I remember when I was getting ready for college, I went
shopping for a car. There was a make and brand of a car that I really liked and wanted to take a test drive. I remember sitting in the car at the dealership and the door handle came off. I tried to pop it back on and the salesman said he
would take care of it. I adjusted the rearview mirror and it fell off into my hand. I handed it over to the salesman. Then the knob off the window crank came off. I got out of the car and never test drove it. I went and bought
another brand of car. The car looked great from the outside, but the inside was falling apart. Jesus is referring to the scribes and Pharisees as hypocrites because from outward appearance, they seem Godly… but their heart was sinful and
I pray: O Lord, you have washed me clean through my baptism. You have made me squeaky clean on the inside and outside. Help me
Lord to walk according to your ways. Help my heart to stay true. Amen.