Our sinful natures want our “good deeds” to be noticed too, but Christ calls us to humility because arrogance and trust in God don’t go well together.

Scripture: Matthew 23:1-12

ESV Text: Matthew 23:1-12

Matthew 23:1-12 (Listen)

Seven Woes to the Scribes and Pharisees

23:1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so practice and observe whatever they tell you—but not what they do. For they preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces and being called rabbi by others. But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers. And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. 10 Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ. 11 The greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 23

     1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. 4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. 8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. 11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 380:
Thy Works, not Mine, O Christ

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1. Thy works, not mine, O Christ, 
Speak gladness to this heart; 
They tell me all is done, 
They bid my fear depart. 
To whom save Thee, who canst alone 
For sin atone, Lord, shall I flee? 

2. Thy wounds, not mine, O Christ, 
Can heal my bruised soul; 
Thy stripes, not mine, contain 
The balm that makes me whole. 
To whom save Thee, who canst alone 
For sin atone, Lord, shall I flee? 

3. Thy cross, not mine, O Christ, 
Has borne the awe-full load 
Of sins that none could bear 
But the incarnate God. 
To whom save Thee, who canst alone 
For sin atone, Lord, shall I flee? 

4. Thy death, not mine, O Christ, 
Has paid the ransom due; 
Ten thousand deaths like mine 
Would have been all too few. 
To whom save Thee, who canst alone 
For sin atone, Lord, shall I flee? 

5. Thy righteousness, O Christ, 
Alone can cover me; 
No righteousness avails 
Save that which is of Thee. 
To whom save Thee, who canst alone 
For sin atone, Lord, shall I flee? 


Even though arrogant and godless people surround us, we find refuge in the word of the Lord who forgives our sins and does good to us.

Scripture: Psalm 119:65-72

ESV Text: Psalm 119:65-72

Psalm 119:65-72 (Listen)

Teth

65 You have dealt well with your servant,
O Lord, according to your word.
66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge,
for I believe in your commandments.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray,
but now I keep your word.
68 You are good and do good;
teach me your statutes.
69 The insolent smear me with lies,
but with my whole heart I keep your precepts;
70 their heart is unfeeling like fat,
but I delight in your law.
71 It is good for me that I was afflicted,
that I might learn your statutes.
72 The law of your mouth is better to me
than thousands of gold and silver pieces. (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 119

     65 TETH. Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word. 66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.

     67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.

     68 Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.

     69 The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart. 70 Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law.

     71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

     72 The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.(KJV)


Hymn: WS 787:
Now that Daylight Fills the Sky

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