Wednesday April 12
Bible Reading: Matt. 23: 27 - 39
Topic: Woe Unto You Hypocrites
Jesus in the last week of His Earthly Ministry vehemently rebuked the Scribes and Pharisees for their ostentatious religiosity and self-righteous pride.
These were Israel's most respected and oppressive religious leaders.
They make a show of all their religious activities and interacted only among themselves as they consider others to be sinners.
They were the greatest critics of Jesus
Our passage today is the pronouncement of a series of woes which is our Lord's indictment of the Scribes and the Pharisees for their hypocrisy.
Vs 37 - 39 is our Lord's lamentation as a sincere expression of His love for Jerusalem (the Nation of Israel) and His grief over the many opportunities for salvation that were thrown away.
The Nation has been guilty of repeated crimes against God in rejecting and killing God's messengers; she would be destroyed and left desolate.
She will not see Christ again until His second coming.
We are to open up to the Holy Spirit to purge us of arrogance and judgemental spirit and serve God in sincerity and humility.
Precious Jesus, thank You for the sacrifice on the Cross that made me whole again, Amen
Memory verse: Matt. 23 : 39
"For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth till you shall say Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord"
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)