Month Theme: Purpose
Topic: The Spirit of Hypocrisy is Around
Scripture Reading: Luke 13:1-17, Luke 4:18-19
15 The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?
The ruler of the synagogue was a man who loved religious laws more than souls. He was furious because he thought Jesus Christ had broken the Sabbath (Luke 13:14-16). Jesus Christ “broke the law of the Sabbath” to “repair” a broken woman. He had a better understanding of the law of the Sabbath. He did not actually break the law but rather fulfilled it. He is the Lord of the Sabbath and His preaching and works revealed the right interpretation of the law (Luke 6:1-5).
Jesus Christ was not distracted by the criticism of the ruler of the synagogue because He knew that he was a hypocrite. He discerned the contents of his heart and stayed on course to deliver the bound woman. Jesus rebuked those who tried to use religious hypocrisy to stop Him from saving and healing sinners and those who were broken-hearted. On one occasion, He rebuked Simon the Pharisee for criticising the actions of a woman who anointed His feet with ointment (Luke 7:36-50).
Those with the spirit of hypocrisy oppose the power of God, often quoting the Scriptures and appearing holy. If you don’t discern the content of their hearts, you might be discouraged from demonstrating the power of God. Such people say one thing yet do the exact opposite – they break the laws they pretend to preach. Hypocrites use God and His Word as the excuse for their hatred, envy, unbelief and murder. Read also ”You can bring a woman to the altar and it doesn’t matter who gives you counsel” – Prophet Sarkodie
Pray for wisdom to escape the snares of hypocrites.
Recommended Reading: “The Person and the Purpose” and “For This Purpose” by Eastwood Anaba