Day 5 Read: Matthew 23:27-28
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.
Reflect: What are the Pharisees guilty of? What are the dangers of living untruthfully in this way?
Consider: The whitewashed tombs of which Jesus speaks reflect the annual practice of whitewashing the tombs in the city of Jerusalem so that none of the visitors coming there would accidentally touch one and become ceremonially unclean. Jesus’ accusation against the Pharisees is that they, like the tombs, may appear clean and beautiful on the outside, but inwardly they are filthy and defiled. 5
Respond: In what ways is your life similar to that of the Pharisees? Confess these to God and allow Him to cleanse you from the inside out.
5 Barclay Moon Newman and Philip C. Stine, A Handbook on the Gospel of Matthew, UBS Handbook Series (New York: United Bible Societies, 1992), 719.