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Hypocrite - Powerful Word Series #5

Christians are often called hypocrites because they go to church and then in their neighborhood, at work, or out with friends they act in opposition to the values of a "Christian." There's a lot of leeway here with expectations. The word itself is a combination of two words, the first "hupo" which means "under," and the second "krites" which means "to judge." It was used of those whose conduct is made the standard for judging. William Hendriksen in his commentary of Luke 12 says, "not only is hypocrisy dishonesty, it is also folly" because you are refusing to be wise. It "means play-acting…refers to the evil habit of hiding one's real self behind a mask. It amounts to insincerity, dishonesty, and deception." It is interesting that the word "hypocrite" is used only once in the Old Testament when David spoke of his blameless life and unwavering trust in the Lord, "I do not sit with deceitful men, …

Stewarding

Are you a responsible person? I mean by that, do you take care of whatever is placed under your responsibility, whether it is possessions or people? Jesus told the story of a steward who was not responsible, neither was he prepared when his master returned. He had been placed in the role of steward over his master's household goods and all the other servants. But he abused that role and ignored the possibility of the master's return. He shirked his responsibility and indulged himself with the master's possessions and his position of authority. In the end the master did return and was very displeased with the steward, punishing him by death. Jesus makes this statement in summary: "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked." (Luke 12:48) Whether heir or steward it is imperative that you perform your duties carefully and with wisdom. To do otherwise would bring punishment u…

Fearing God

It could seem like a ridiculous notion to fear God, after all He is loving and kind and has chosen to take us under His wing. But there is an irreverence that has taken hold of us in respect to God, we use His name in vain by saying, "oh, my god!" Otherwise known as "OMG." We don't honor His name and we don't chose to live under His guidelines, instead we act independent of Him and have a lack of reverence toward Him. Jesus addressed this after he had declared six "woes" against the Pharisees and Scribes. He declared them to be hypocrites, unable to understand that all they say and do will be revealed in the end and that all their outside and selfish works would be burned up because they were done out of a dark and irreverent heart. His disciples would face the wrath of the Pharisees and Scribes when Jesus was gone, so he encouraged them by saying, "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you w…

Good Sam

We identify this as a person who does something out of the ordinary for someone who is in need. Its history dates back to a response by Jesus to a question asked by an expert in Jewish law about "who is my neighbor." Jesus told the story about a Samaritan who stepped in to help a man left by robbers on the side of the road. Samaritans were not the model citizens in the northern part of the Promise Land. In fact, they were the result of deportation when Sargon, a foreign king, took the Northern Kingdom of Israel into captivity. Those Jews left behind witnessed the introduction of colonists from Babylonia, Hamath, and Arabia into their land. They brought with them their practices of idolatry and intermarried with them. This new province of the Assyrian empire was weak and flipped and flopped in their allegiance to empires and to the remaining nation of Judah depending on what was more beneficial to them at the time. Samaritans asked to be a part of the rebuilding of the Temple, …