Jesus exposed the hypocritical attitudes of the religious leaders who knew the Scriptures but did not live by them. The Pharisees’ traditions and their interpretations and applications of the laws had become as important to them as God’s Law itself.

Their laws were not all bad—some were beneficial. Usually Jesus did not condemn what the Pharisees taught but what they were—hypocrites. They didn’t care about being holy—just looking holy in order to receive the people’s admiration and praise.

Today, like the Pharisees, many people who know the Bible do not let it change their lives. They say they follow Jesus, but they don’t live by his standards of love. Make sure that your actions match your beliefs.

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