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Text: Matthew 23:1-5 Memory Verse: “Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:” Matthew 23:1-2 Hymn 305: STAND UP, STAND UP FOR JESUS 

Most Christians today are just like the Pharisees and Sadducees who sit in Moses’ seat, they are highly theological but lack the anointing to back up the Word. Jesus Christ in Matthew 23 spoke about such people from verse 1, He said: 

1“Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 2Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: 3All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. 4For 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. 5But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,” 

What does it mean to sit in Moses’ seat? To sit on the seat of Moses is to tell you that they have the interpretation of the law that God gave Moses. Moses passed it over to them. So, when they speak, they are telling you, “I’m speaking what Moses said in the law”. Everything they do is for show-off. They act not out of the meekness that God found in Moses. They act out of arrogance produced by too much knowledge without revelatory knowledge that comes via the Spirit of God. 

Do you know that many believers are just like the Pharisees and Sadducees as they have placed themselves in high grounds far above all others with dos and don’ts that clearly show the spirit of legality is in charge of their affairs and the spirit of revelation is missing in their judgment and affairs? 

Sitting on Moses’ seat is also putting on self-righteousness and we know that that is nothing before God but a filthy rag. Child of God come into grace. Come to Jesus, Come and have rest. 

Enough of carrying yourself higher than you should! Enough of trying to look down on others. Remember that we are all nothing without God. So come down from your high horse, oh Child of God! Let your “yes” be “yes” and your “no” be “no”. 

♀1: Oh God! Take pride away from me and from your ministers. ♀2: Holy Spirit, revive me once again. ♀3: Holy Spirit, teach me to stand for Jesus Christ at all times.

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