\far-uh-SEY-ik\  , adjective:
1. Practicing or advocating strict observance of external forms and ceremonies of religion or conduct without regard to the spirit; self-righteous; hypocritical.
 Of or pertaining to the Pharisees.
The sermon this morning on Matthew 9 was beautifully delineated.
As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.

10 And as Jesus[b] reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

I love the way Jesus said to the arrogant, “smart” pharisaic Pharisees, “go and learn what this means…”  I hope that knocked them down a couple of notches.  But gosh, we should all go and learn what that means.  We should all be less pharisaic.  Mercy.  Serving those who need it.  Giving jackets to the cold.  Hot coffee to the cold would be nice, too.  May we all have “Matthew Parties” full of sinners and the saints meeting around the punch bowl.

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