From Jesus’ triumphal entry (Palm Sunday) till the Last Supper (Holy or Maundy Thursday), Jesus had a few days to teach in Jerusalem. The disciples, of course, followed Him everywhere as did crowds of citizens. The people considered Him a prophet and a rabbi (teacher), but the leaders of the Jewish Temple – the Pharisees and the chief priests were concerned that Jesus was a false teacher.
The gall of Him to say who would enter Heaven first! Matthew 22:1-14
Who was He to say what the greatest commandment was? Mark 12:28-34
What did He mean when He said, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s”? Matthew 22:15-22
He didn’t fall for their tricks.
Jesus warned the Pharisees and called them hypocrites. Why?
The Pharisees were a strict Jewish sect – careful observers of the law and very pious. They saw this man from a nothing place like Nazareth, show up and start preaching like He was God. They didn’t see that He was fulfilling all the prophecies of the scriptures – that Jesus was the Messiah the Jews had been waiting for.
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! …” Jesus says this over and over again. Matthew 23
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean…” Matthew 23:25-26
Jesus was pointing out that the Pharisees appeared pious and righteous on the outside, but they were really greedy and proud.
“You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town….” Matthew 23:33-34 Here, Jesus was predicting what would happen to Stephen and the other disciples. (Acts 7:51-60)
For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. ~ Matthew 23:12
Next: Signs of the End of the Age – Jesus predicts the fall of the temple and the end times.
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