DO NOT DO ACCORDING TO THEIR DEEDS
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught how to live. The counterpart of the Sermon on the Mount is, in my opinion, Matthew 23 where Jesus taught how not to live.
In this chapter, Matthew 23, Jesus criticized false religion, especially false religious leadership. The tone of His message is extremely harsh. It has a lengthy introduction (vv. 1-12), then a very long body composed of seven woes (vv. 13-36), and ends with a short conclusion (vv. 37-39). In this lesson, we will focus on the introduction. Let’s read verse 1 to 12.