The Pharisees separated themselves from “unclean” Jews who did not practice the Law or who opposed the traditions they had established to govern their lives. Some Pharisees were sincere; however, many used their religion to gain status or wealth.
Jesus described the basic flaws of their religion in Matthew 23:1-12.
- Leader, what is the source of your standard of righteousness?
- To whom do you hold yourself accountable? Whose approval do you seek?