Wednesday: 26th August, 2020
Reference text: Matthew 23:27-32
Matthew 23:27 How terrible for you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look fine on the outside but are full of bones and decaying corpses on the inside.
While younger, the mention of a cemetery sent chills down my spine and the prospect of even passing by one was not a subject up for discussion because I had concluded that would not happen. But over the years, this has not been the case. There is something one might notice in this when passing by a cemetery though: ‘sparkling tombstones, marble covered edifices or well crafted pieces to cover the hidden graves.
These are usually so eye catching that at first glance, not many look past them to think ‘oh, that covers a grave’ because in there, some not-eye-catching things are clearly present. So while the exterior is all glossy and beautiful to gaze upon, what is within is nothing to write home about.
This was Jesus’ concern with the Pharisees. They had become a people hooked on to externalities; to them therefore, whatever was in public view and whatever appealled to the senses, that was their point of interest. In doing so, their virtues and morals had become corrupted, so much that Jesus drew a comparison between contents of a grave and the inner workings of their hearts. Quite extreme but even now, the question which hangs over our head remains “are we any DIFFERENT? How far are we from also being called ‘whitewashed tombs’?