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.