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  1. MAJORING in MinorsandMinoringin MAJORS MATTHEW 23:16-39

  2. Mathew 23 • Jesus publicly rebukes the “righteousness” of the Pharisees • He rebukes their hypocrisyv.1-4 • He rebukes their hidden motivesv.5-12 • They actively hurt others and do not help them v.13-15 • Jesus rebukes their warped value system v.16-22 (they lovedmoney—Luke 16:14) • Jesus rebukes their priorites v.23-28 • Priorities are a reflection of values

  3. Mathew 23:23-24 • They cared to keep the law of tithing; even spices • They neglected the weightier matters of the law (fairness, mercy, faith, love of God) • Deut. 10:12-13, Micah 6:8, Prov. 21:3 • Priorities: 1 Sam. 15:22-23, obedienceis the truesacrifice • Righteousness over ritual Isaiah 1:10-17 • Repentance over ritual Psalm 51:17 • Reconciliationbefore worship Matt. 5:23-24

  4. Mathew 23:25-39 • Neglect of the weightier matters nullifies the effort to keep the lighter matters v.25-26 • Outside is not clean if the inside is not clean • It is possible to be blindto our hypocrisy John 9:39-41 • Especially if we compartmentalize religion 1 Peter 3:7that your prayers be not hindered • Cultivating relationships should be a priority • Attitudes, motives, affect actionsProv. 4:23 • Judgment onhypocrites Matt. 23:27-39