What You See, Not What You Get
09/26/2021

What You See, Not What You Get

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Passage: Luke 12:1-7
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1 In the meantime, when so many thousands of the people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 

2 Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 3 Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.

4 “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. 5 But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him! 

6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. 7 Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Luke 12:1-7

Jesus says it like it is. 

Pulls them aside and gives a narrative about reality. 

Things are not what they seem.

…he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

The pharisees (like the most important seats) are attracted to a crowd.

Jesus uses the word picture. 

Leaven is hypocrisy 

works through the whole batch of dough (the whole crowd).

…and the whole person. 

How would hypocrisy infect a person?

…it might look attractive.

Because it’s not what it seems to be.

1. Hypocrisy is meant to mislead. 

Listen to the effect it had on Asaph.

But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,

    my steps had nearly slipped.

For I was envious of the arrogant

    when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Psalm 73:2-3

Asaph envied what he thought he saw.

Their mouths lay claim to heaven,

    and their tongues take possession of the earth.

Psalm 73:9

Seems to be describing the wicked inside the church.

It’s a false advertisement. 

All in vain have I kept my heart clean

    and washed my hands in innocence.

Psalm 73:13

Has righteousness ever seemed pointless to you?

Keeping company with people who are not what they appear to be is dangerous.

 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

1 Corinthians 15:33

2. Hypocrisy is contagious  

A hypocrite is a person who claims to be a Christian but lives in willful sin.


“But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. 

Do not even eat with such people.”

1 Corinthians 5:11

Are there tons of hypocrites everywhere inside the church?

If so, why does God seem to be holding back?

Answer:

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

2 Peter 3:9

Maybe I am the hypocrite and God is waiting for me to repent. 

2 Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 3 Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.

Temporary lack of consequence does not indicate God’s approval.

3. God’s patience is not indifference

There is a lie about a “middle group” of people who will, in the end, be alright. 

The truth: 

“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” 

Romans 3:23

Example: My Mom used to have a Bible study with a neighbor, but she said she didn’t need Jesus because she was a good person and God would never send a good person to hell. 

There are no good people. 

It’s the righteousness of Christ or hell-bound evil. 

Nothing in between.

But right now, we cannot tell the difference between one person and the next. 

Imagine if you could see everyone the way they really are. 

What would that be like?

“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare… 

There are no ordinary people.

You have never talked to a mere mortal.”

~ C.S. Lewis

What in the meantime? Jesus puts down the application. 

4 “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. 5 But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. 

Yes, I tell you, fear him!

Our lives go on after this life.

Killing the body is worse case scenario for a person.

Jesus states the fact: who is in charge after that?

The fear of God is obedience. 

4. The fear of God eliminates all other fear.

The temptation to follow the crowd

The Bible says fearing man is a mistake. “A snare” a trap.

“We buy things we don't need, with money we don't have, to impress people we don't like.”

― Dave Ramsey

Bear your cross, follow your Lord and pay no heed to the passing religious vogue. The masses are always wrong. In every generation the number of the righteous is small. Be sure you are among them.” 

~ A.W. Tozer

Jesus offers comfort for those who fear God. 

6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. 7 Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.

5. God takes care of his people. 

The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him,

    and he makes known to them his covenant.

Psalm 25:14

Review

1. Hypocrisy is meant to mislead. 

2. Hypocrisy is contagious  

3. God’s patience is not indifference

4. The fear of God eliminates all other fear.

5. God takes care of his people. 

“Anyway”

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;

Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;

Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, 

you will win some false friends and some true enemies;

Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;

Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;

Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;

Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;

Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;

Give the world the best you've got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;

It was never between you and them anyway.

~ Mother Teresa

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