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"Do As I Say, Not As I Do"
By Brian Price 5/10/2013

"The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that 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 them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers." - Matthew 23:2-4

The common saying, "Do as I say, not as I do," can be seen addressed here in the words of Jesus as he tells his disciples to beware of the scribes and Pharisees. It's not enough for a Christian (or any man for that matter) to simply be a teacher of what's right. He must also live out what he teaches because, who is going to listen to a man who does not practice what he preaches? The Pharisees, although they appeared to be spiritual and holy men on the outside, in truth they were completely lost and going to hell. And notice how Jesus describes them as men who bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders, but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. Obviously, these hypocrites have no problems making other people's lives harder while they enjoy the comforts afforded to them at the expense of those they supposedly minister to. How ridiculous! We ought to take heed that we do not fall into the same trap and become like the scribes and Pharisees... hypocrites. Jesus laid it all out in plain speech when he told the disciples how to treat one another. And that is with mutual respect by understanding that we are all brethren, and that God is the only one who is truly above us. Having flattering titles like Rabbi or Master are forbidden because everyone is equal in the eyes of God. We ought not to rule over each other with vigor and cruel judgmental opinions, but by love we ought to serve one another and to bear each other's burdens.

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