OUTSIDE AND INSIDE
Today's Reading: Matthew 23
Key Verses: Matthew 23:25 & 26
"Inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also."
Here you see the Western slope of the Mount of Olives covered by thousands of Jewish graves facing toward the Temple Mount and the Eastern Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem. Those buried here desired to be first in the resurrection. The valley between is the Kidron Valley. This slope of the Mount of Olives has been used as a Jewish cemetery for over 3,000 years and holds approximately 150,000 graves. The Pharisees believed in the resurrection but Jesus said that by their traditions they caused the Scriptures to be ineffective in their lives.
Learn to see as God sees by learning to think as God thinks by making the Word of God a daily part of your thinking process. This is the eternal value of what we're doing together in this blog. Over 3,000 years ago the prophet wrote, "For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7). It's true, we do look on the outward. Therefore, it's important to groom our appearance so we do not draw undue attention to ourselves and hinder the shining forth of the inner beauty of Christ. Cleanse the inside in two ways: The washing of God's Word (Ephesians 5:26) and by confessing our sins, "The blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin" (1 John 1:7).
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Dear Lord, thank You for washing me inside with Your Word which I've just read, and thank You for washing away my sin by Your precious blood. I believe Your promises. You cannot lie. Therefore, it's done. Amen!