Luke 12:1-21 Causes & Cures of Hypocrisy
Intro: A man who was who was traveling on a dinner flight, w/ a particular AIRLINE – was startled when he opened his prepackaged meal, & right on top of his salad he saw an enormous roach.
When he got home, he wrote an indignant letter to the president of that
airline. A few days later, a special delivery letter came from the president.
He was all apologies. "This was very unusual, but don't worry. I want to assure you that that particular airplane has been fumigated. In fact, all the seats and upholstery have been stripped out. We have taken disciplinary action against the stewardess who served you that meal, and she may even be fired. It is highly probable that this particular aircraft will be taken out of service. I can assure you that it will never happen again. And I trust that you will continue to fly with us."
Well the man was very impressed by such a letter until he noticed that by accident, the letter he had written had stuck to the back of the president's letter.
When he looked at his own letter he saw a note at the bottom that said,
"Reply with the regular roach letter."- HYPOCRISY
We Saw in our study last time where Jesus warned His DISCIPLES against the LEAVEN OF THE PAHARISEESwhich is Hypocrisy
B) Men who wore a mask to play a part - We also Noted that Hypocrisy
can manifest it self in various forms
C)Today we want to talk about the CAUSES & CURES OF HYPOCR.
Jesus identifies the CAUSE OF HYPOCRISY IN V. 4 Fear of Man
FEARING WHAT PEOPLE THINK
A woman wanting to impress her pastor when he came to visit, said to her little girl, "Honey, go get the book that Mommy loves so much." The little girl came back carrying the new J.C. Penny Catalog.
b) some try to appear more spiritual than they really are for fear that they
won’t be ACCEPTED
F) Here is the thing – we are really into ourselves so we get all concerned about what we are going to wear / what people might think if we do this/ that
BIBLE SAYS THE FEAR OF MAN IS A SNARE !!!!!! Trip you up every time !!!!! David to behave like a mad man before King Achish
Aa) PETER to deny the Lord 3 times
"When I reached the point where I was on the verge of losing the company, I started acting out of fear. When you do that, Fear clouds your vision. Your can't see clearly."
C)Eventually, he lost his company, all because fear gained control of his life.
D) THE FEAR OF MAN IS A SNARE / A cause of HYPOCRISY
Now in the case of the disciples it was a little more serious Persecution was in the wings – So Jesus said don’t fear those who can kill the body
Class what is this Egg / Danny EGG SIR / PRAY …… / PRAY OUT LOUD
1) TEACHER – Looked at Danny … EGG … AGAIN / Class dismissed
So Jesus identifies what is sometimes the cause of Hypocrisy – Being afraid of men / overly concerned of what People are thinking about you
Now lets consider the CURE – 2 THINGS : 1ST V. 5 FEAR GOD who is thinking about you constantly .
Note : v. 6,7 "Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. "But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
B) But God Knows when one falls - God oversees the LEAST little detail of
C) Here is the difference - God is their creator.... But He is YOUR Father
SO - Don't be afraid of men – for the Lord declares in Zechariah 2:8 Whoever
touches you – touches the apple of HIS EYE !!!!
VERSE 7 God cares about you so much that even the # of your hairs are numbered – Hair cut - 997 hairs left .
1) Daddy – my Sunday school teacher said that God is watching me all the time is that true ? Why say that ? - Acting up
SO JESUS SAYS DON’T FEAR MAN BUT FEAR GOD !!!!!
But what is meant by having a fear of God ? Great misunderstanding
In v. 4,& 5 Jesus says don’t fear man …. Who can kill the body -Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!
B)Now v. 5 Reminds of an important part of God’s NATURE – He is HOLY / RIGHTEOUS / HE IS THE ALMIGHTY GOD / MOST HOLY
Picture the Children of Israel at the base of Mt. Sinai – Moses has gone up to meet w/ God – receive the Ten Commandments
B) Anyone who touched the base of the Mt. Would be killed – die
1) Because of His HOLY NATURE – HE CANNOT CO-EXIST W/ SIN
Many People want to ignore this side of God – Ignore the Reality that He is Holy & RIGHTEOUS / JUST JUDGE / Judge world of their sin!
If more Christians took seriously the HOLINESS of God – we would see a lot less CARNALITY / COMPROMISE / & HYPOCRISY in the church
B) So How do we RECONCILE THE TWO ? Does God have a Dr. Jekel & Mr. Hyde Complex ? OF COURSE NOT !!!!!!!
In the same way Because God is HOLY & JUST – God He can’t wink at sin or overlook it – nor should we expect Him to ( Not JUST)
So the idea of the Fear of God being a Healthy Rev. & respect that says I don’t want to do anything thing that might hurt God is accurate
D) That is the idea behind a fear that results from a True respect & Rev.
So First cure is don’t be afraid of men – what they think – in actuality they are not thinking about you very much at all – into themselves
2nd cure for Hypocrisy found in v.8 "Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God
Confess means to acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ, and our dependence on him for salvation, and our attachment to him
or a hostile crowd of unbelievers.
In 1885 in UGANDA three Christian boys, ranging in age from eleven to fifteen, were forced to give their lives for Christ because they would not renounce their faith in Him.
The king was adamantly opposed to Christianity and ordered the boys’ execution if they did not recant. At the place of execution the boys asked that the following message be given to the king:
"Tell his majesty that he has put our bodies in the fire but we won’t be long in the fire. Soon we will be with Jesus, which is much better. But ask him to repent & change his mind or he will land in a place of eternal fire."
Because of the boys’ testimony that day, forty adults trusted in Jesus Christ for salvation, and indirectly countless more converts were won to the Lord over a period of many years.
By 1887 a large number of other Christians were martyred, many of them inspired by the fearless, testimony of those three boys. None of those martyrs knew much theology or much about the Bible, because most of them were illiterate and all of them were relatively new believers.
But they had a deep love for Jesus that they refused to hide, no matter what the cost. As is nearly always the case, those who died were replaced several-fold by new converts who came to Christ because of their testimony!
If you Confess Him / He will confess You / flip side – Deny Him – He will deny you One commentators interesting insights here
It is possible to deny Christ in many ways that are short of verbally and publicly renouncing Him.
It is possible to deny Christ before men by silence, by failing to witness for Him and trying to be an unnoticed Christian- whose friends and neighbors, and perhaps even family, would never suspect of being a believer.
It is also possible to deny Christ by actions, living like the rest of the world lives, with no higher standards or values.
It is possible to deny Christ by words, using the world’s profanity, vulgarity, and blasphemy.
What statement does your life make about your Believe in Christ ?
Now in v. 10 Jesus says something rather interesting- 10 "And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven.
1) That is why Jesus prayed Father forgive them for they know….do!
C) But He who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven
WHAT IS THIS BLASPHEMY OF THE H.S.? / Unpardonable sin
B) John 16: 7-9 7 "Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.8 "And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: "of sin, because they do not believe in Me;
C) The BLASPHEMY of the Holy Spirit is the CONTINUAL REJECTION of that work of the Holy Spirit leading me to Jesus
D) So IF you are REJECTING Jesus today, then you are in the PROCESS of committing the unpardonable sin.
IF you die without accepting Jesus, THEN you have blasphemed the PERSON & WORK of the Holy Spirit and are left with no way of salvation
So the H.S. job is to Convict of sin & Draw to Christ – doing today
Some here who need to confess Christ / GO ON RECORD
D) Do so today !!!!! Pray