Sunday Hypocrites (Matthew 23:18)

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I read about a man known as “Grandpa Hicks” who made his living by crooked means. He trapped fish illegally in a lake near his home. He rented out boats that didn’t belong to him and pocketed the money. He stole gasoline for his motorboat from boats at a neighboring dock. And he would steal catfish from the lines of other fishermen. One Sunday morning two of his grandchildren asked if he’d take them fishing. With great conviction he replied, “I never fish on Sundays. I wasn’t brought up like that!”

This man reminds me of the Pharisees Jesus talked about in Matthew 23. He branded them as those who deprived widows of their homes (v. 14); those who lacked justice, mercy, and faith (v. 23); those who were extortioners (v. 25). Yet they were the very ones who wanted to kill Jesus for healing on the Sabbath (Matthew 12:9-14). Both Grandpa Hicks and the Pharisees placed greater value on the legalistic observance of a day than on a holy life.

Every believer should benefit from fellowship, worship, and instruction on the Lord’s Day. But if Sunday observance serves as a cover-up for the way we live the other 6 days of the week, then like Grandpa Hicks, we are Sunday hypocrites. – Richard W. De Haan

You know me, O Lord, for who I am;

My motives are open to You;

O help me to live as Jesus did –

With motives both noble and true. – Sper

Going to church on Sunday does not excuse us from right living on Monday.

  • July 22, 1990, Our Daily Bread

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