|April 19, 2019|
What does it mean to be like the Pharisees?
Christians today often think of the Pharisees as a group that had a great understanding of God’s Law and requiring strict adherence to God’s commands. As such, Jesus’ statements in Matthew 16:6, 11, Mark 8:15, and Luke 12:1 against the Pharisees are interpreted as a rejection of the idea that following Christ requires vigorous study of God’s Word and careful obedience to his teaching. But is this an accurate understanding of the Pharisees? Is this what Jesus was condemning in these passages?
For more information on
the Pharisees and Jesus’ instructions for his followers not to model their ways, please see our study entitled:
Being Like the Pharisees