“Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to His disciples, saying, ‘The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: all therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay on men’s shoulders; but they will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, and love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.’” Matthew 23:1-12  (KJB)

Pastor’s Prayer for today:

Our Father in Heaven, You are holy, righteous, and just.  You alone are worthy of worship and praise.  We thank You, O Lord, for Your multitude of blessing; one blessing is that of Your word.  We accept Your word as Truth without any error, and that includes the words of Moses, the Law, and the Prophets.

Forgive us, O God, when we may try to exalt ourselves because we have some knowledge of Your word, but we are far from You.  Forgive us for being religious, but unjust, unholy, judgmental, and unrighteous.  Forgive us when we place more emphasis on the knowledge of Your word but do not know who Your Messiah is.  He is Jesus, Your Holy and Righteous Son.  May we live in His Spirit, Your Spirit, the Holy Spirit.

May we by that Spirit live in faith, exalting Your name, the name of Jesus; and trust that You will exalt those who humble themselves before You.  Lift up Jesus in our lives, O Lord, and be glorified.

In the name of Jesus the God-Man, Son of God, and God the Son.  Amen.

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