Hypocrisy is hateful

Leslie M. John

“For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:20)

External depiction of piety, without possessing any character demanded by God, has no value before God. Jesus said Pharisees and Scribes take leadership position such as that of Moses, and demand others to obey Mosaic Law, while they themselves are devoid of observing those laws.

They lay huge burden on others but they themselves do not move a weighty object with any of their fingers. They broaden their phylacteries, and enlarge their borders of their garments, occupy important seats during feasts and in synagogues to be seen of men but lack true devotion to the Lord.

They pay tithe of mint, anise, and cumin to be seen by men, but omit important matters in the Law, judgment, mercy and faith. While they do not feel bad swallowing a camel in their food, they show off as if a fly in their drink is too harmful. This type of attitude is hypocrisy and God hates such an attitude. He needs humble in spirit and kind hearted ones.

Jesus clearly warns that our righteousness should exceed mere hypocrisy and above that was shown by scribes and Pharisees. He said it is they who enter the kingdom of heaven, whether it is in the present age or in the future age. Circumcision does not make a man Jew, but the character that is built upon God’s demands does it. (cf. Matthew 23:1-10, 23, 24; Romans 2:28; Philippians 3:3)