HOST: Ron House
In the meantime, when so many thousands of the people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.
Hypocrisy—the word points to the image of an actor playing a role. The Pharisees, Jesus warns His disciples, were guilty of this sin—pretending to be righteous, spiritual, and godly when in reality they were worldly and sinful. But this passage is not merely another condemnation of the Pharisees. It is a warning to His disciples against being drawn into their sinful nature and becoming like them. He refers to the “leaven” of their hypocrisy, giving the idea that it has the ability to spread and affect those around them. Jesus then gives an assurance that we would do well to heed today— “Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.” Eventually, the masks of hypocrisy will be removed, and everyone will be known as they truly are. We cannot hide from God. He knows our hearts, minds, and motives and will one day cause the hidden things to be revealed. What is the lesson in this truth? Simply put, it is this: Be genuine and sincere in our faith and lives, and we have nothing to fear.
Why is hypocrisy such a dangerous attitude to have?
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