Our Friday re-post comes from 7th September 2021, with some light editing.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.”
Matthew 23:27 (NASB)
In recent days there has been much thought about our dear departed Queen; one thing that came to light many times was her witty sense of humour. In which case I am sure Her Majesty would have appreciated a funny story from Billy Connolly many years ago; he said that the Queen thought that the world always smelt like paint…because there is a wee guy with a tin of white emulsion painting furiously just in front of her! I could see this guy painting over all the graffiti as fast as possible, so that Her Majesty always had a pleasant view. This is so true of our society that tends to hide the blemishes and unsavoury sights of humanity, pretending they do not exist. But scratch the surface and you will always find the truth.
In todays verse Jesus calls out the Pharisees for their blatant hypocrisy; their appearance was that of righteousness, but under the whitewash they were full of sinful cracks. Even today there are those who whitewash over difficult issues of sin in society, preferring a whitewashed sanitized front to the world. Rather than rock the boat with His Truth, many keep the politically correct woke world sweet with appeasement.
Dear reader, as Children of God we are called to be separated from the sinfulness of this world. Rather than appeasing sinners we are called to expose them (2 Corinthians 6:14, Ephesians 5:11). Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s last act was the presentation of the truth of Christ through her funeral service, written under her guidance. She chose not to whitewash her failth in Christ, but to wear it one last time for the whole world to see. As children of The Light we are called to shine as a contrast against the darkness (Ephesians 5:8), it is time to stop whitewashing over sin and start saving lost sinners before it is too late.
- Psalm Sunday Recap – Gimel (119:17-24)
- Psalm Sunday (119:24)
- Missing His House
- Our Whitewashed World
- Stirred In His Word