“You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. …First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.”Matthew 23:25-26
The Pharisees and teachers of the law were list-makers, too, and they loved checking their boxes. It made them feel more worthy. Jesus showed them that they were trying to clean the outside of their “house” through the law, while neglecting the filth inside their hearts. He wanted to reorder their priorities and change their hearts to know and reflect His love, mercy, and faithfulness. When our hearts need adjusting, He will do the same for us.
David called out, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10). His priorities were being reordered!
Bible In A Year
- Deuteronomy 28-29
- Psalm 93
- Acts 17