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					Are You A Pharisee?
      Mark 8:14-21


  Principle Illustrated
    (Mark 8:22-26)
        Who Were the Pharisees?
 Charge of "Pharisaism" is commonly made to
  those trying to live strictly by commands of
  God
 Were Pharisees condemned in the Bible
  because of their strict adherence to God’s
  word?
 Word "Pharisee" or a form is used 101 times
  in NT
       References are overwhelmingly negative
       They are repeatedly condemned in the strongest
     Pharisees Were Hypocritical
   Guilty of hypocrisy emphasized (Matt. 23:1-
    36)
       Had differing standards for themselves and others
       Actions were for show, not a result of true piety
       Made pretense of spirituality outwardly, but were
        vile within
       Emphasized the outward to the exclusion of the
        inward
       Made their disciples worse than they were
        previously
       Pretended to respect truth & past proclaimers of it,
    Pharisees Were Self-Righteous
 Self-righteousness exemplified in Jesus’ story
  of prayer (Lk. 18:9-14)
 Sought to justify themselves despite being
  rightly condemned as lovers of money (Lk.
  16:14-15)
 Case of the lawyer asking, “Who is my
  neighbor?” was likely a Pharisees (Lk. 10:25-
  37)
       At very least, he was heavily influenced by them
       Effort to get lost in definition shows their mentality
     Pharisees Added to &
   Subtracted from God’s Law
               Matthew 15:1-14
                 Mark 7:1-13
 Condemned the vain worship of Pharisees
 Pharisees added & deleted elements of law
 Pharisees did not strictly adhere to the law
 Examples: Hand washing & Parental honor
 “Phariseeism” is not strict adherence to
  law, but changes the law as given by God...
                   Mark 7:1-13
And there are gathered together unto him the Pharisees,
and certain of the scribes, who had come from
Jerusalem, and had seen that some of his disciples ate
their bread with defiled, that is, unwashen, hands. (For
the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their
hands diligently, eat not, holding the tradition of the
elders; and when they come from the market-place,
except they bathe themselves, they eat not; and many
other things there are, which they have received to hold,
washings of cups, and pots, and brasen vessels.) And
the Pharisees and the scribes ask him, Why walk not thy
disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat
             Mark 7:1-13 (cont.)
And he said unto them, Well did Isaiah prophesy of you
hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoreth me with
their lips, But their heart is far from me. But in vain do
they worship me, Teaching as their doctrines the
precepts of men. Ye leave the commandment of God,
and hold fast the tradition of men. And he said unto
them, Full well do ye reject the commandment of God,
that ye may keep your tradition. For Moses said, Honor
thy father and thy mother; and, He that speaketh evil of
father or mother, let him die the death: but ye say, If a
man shall say to his father or his mother, That wherewith
thou mightest have been profited by me is Corban, that
is to say, Given to God; ye no longer suffer him to do
aught for his father or his mother; making void the word
of God by your tradition, which ye have delivered: and
Steps of Rejecting God’s Law
        (Mark 7:1-13)
   Leave the commandment of God

     Hold fast to human traditions

Reject the commandment of God to keep
           the human traditions

Make void the word of God by traditions
God Gave O.T. Law for Guidance



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           The Law
Ultimate Result of Traditions

         Mishnah

   Rabbinical Tradition
    Became The Law

          Talmud
 God’s Law versus Human Law
      Law of God              Tradition of Elders
 No requirement of         Made failure to wash
  hand washing ritual        a matter of sin
 Required assistance or    Excused one from aid
  honor to father and        to parents if that part
  mother independent of      was called “Corban”
  other responsibility       (dedicated to God)
 Forbade addition or       Made human will to
  subtraction to law         replace God’s will
         Pharisees Rejected Law on
          Divorce & Remarriage
   Law of Christ stated on subject (Matt. 19:3-9)
       Pharisees asked question to Jesus
       Jesus replied by noting original intent (marriage for
        life)
       Pharisees argued for procedure of Mosaic law
       Jesus announced law of the gospel (only one
        cause)
 Paul restated & emphasized the effect of this
  law as given by Christ (1 Cor. 7:10-11)
 We have same two problems present today:
      Solution:

 Accept & Teach Law
       Without
Addition or Subtraction
Pharisees Rejected Necessity for
 Water Baptism (Lk. 7:29-30)
 Pharisees & lawyers        People & publicans
 Rejected counsel of     Heard
  God                     Justified God
 Being not baptized of   Being baptized with
  John                      baptism of John
 Disobedience            Obedience
     Jesus clearly commanded the necessity of
                      baptism
    Mark 16:16 & Matthew 28:19
    Acts 2:38
Are You A Pharisee?

 If you act & speak as
 they did, you are one
  even if you deny it!

				
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