UNMARKED PACKAGE
 
Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you.  Psalm 55:22

The world is hiding behind unmarked packaging.  People hide their feelings, their fears, their thoughts, their past, their hurts, their _____________.  Many people today don’t like to reveal too much about themselves.

They are afaid that the more they put on the table the more they will be hurt or judged.  It is easier in their minds to just hide behind the unmarked packaging.  They keep storing up their feelings, their hurts into a monumental hurt. 

They spend millions of dollars and hours and hours trying to conceal their true feelings, thoughts and fears.  Their lives are a big fake, a huge fraud. 

It is extremely hard to get any information off of a blank package.  Hard to figure out where it came from, what its contents are and what its all about.

Right from the very beginning of humanity we see where humans attempted to disguise themselves.  Gen. 3:7 They made clothes of leaves.  Then in 3:8 they hid themselves.  We think that changing our situations to our liking fixes everything.  Not so. 

Jonah thought that going to Tarshish instead of Nineveh would change everything.  He thought God would forget it and go along with the plan.  Not so. He attempted to hide out in a foreign land. 

In Christianity there is no place for the Unmarked Package.  God wants us to come clean, to lean into Him, to trust Him, to repent.  I Jn. 1:9 

He also wants us to self diagnose our sinful selves.  We are to remove the beam out of our own eyes before we attempt to help others with the speck in their eyes.  Matt. 7:5

When we attempt to live in unmarked packages we are bearing our own burdens.  That should never be.

What's Going On Inside?
 
Matthew 23:28 - "So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness."

Jesus never minced His words.  He told it the way it was.  We could use a lot more preachers like him in 2020.  In our text He is speaking to the Pharisees and scribes and He didn't exactly have glowing words for them.  He called them hypocrites.  

Being called hypocrites is not exactly flattering.  A hypocrite is someone who says one thing and acts and lives a different way.  The interesting thing about this text is how it coincides with another famous text, the enemy going about as a wolf in sheep's' clothing.  A wolf and a hypocrite look good on the outside.  The wolf is dressed in sheep's clothing. A real sheep is mellow, calm, tame, and unassuming.  Quite unlike the wolf that is dressed as a sheep.  The real wolf is dangerous, nasty, and ready to destroy. The hypocrite on the other hand appears righteous on the outside.  Both are phonies and fakes.  

Jesus doesn't think much of either one.  He warns us about watching for wolves in sheep's clothing.  He also tells us we should not be hypocrites. The inside is where the heart is most wicked and deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9).  Whatever is in the well (inside) will eventually come out in the bucket.