Monday - October 31, 2016
Woodlawn Family Bible Study
BIBLE READING: Matthew 23:1-39
A tradition that many of us still practice today is placing flowers at the grave of someone who passed on. When you think about it, it is a little strange for us to decorate and make appealing a thing that is not desirable. It almost seems as though we are trying to hide what is really in the grave: Death.
The Jews had a similar tradition of whitewashing the tombs. Jesus brings up this practice by comparing these whitewashed tombs to the Pharisees and Scribes. Jesus said, “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. So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness” (Matthew 23:27-28). We can be guilty of the same thing today. We can do all the right things on the outside, making ourselves appear righteous, but on the inside, we are still full of sin.
Application: Have we been washed white, or are we just whitewashed?