Form & Substance

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Speaker: Dr. Alicia Britt Chole

October 10, 2021

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Matthew 15:7-9 | New International Version

“You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.’”

Isaiah 29:13 | NIV

The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.”

Luke 5:36-39 | NIV

“No one tears a patch in a new garment and sews it into an old one. If he does, he will have torn the new garment, tha patch from the new will not match the old. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, and the wine will run out, and the wineskins will be ruined. No. New wine must be poured into new wineskins. No one drinking the old wine wants the new wine, because he says the old wine is better.”

Isaiah 43:19 | NIV

“Yes, I am doing a new thing, even now it springs up. Do you now perceive it?”

Matthew 23:23-28 | NIV

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”

Matthew 15:1-2 | NIV

Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”

Implications:

  1. Form without substance is vanity.
  2. Form and substance confusion creates chaos.
  3. May God forgive us for any way in which we’ve hoped that what others can see will substitute for what God alone can see.
  4. May others forgive us for any way in which our form and substance confusion has obscured their view of Jesus.

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