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  • Fast to Please God

    Jesus continues against hypocrisy, now focusing on fasting. Fasting is not commanded, but it’s a given that Jesus’ disciples will fast.

    When Fasting Falls Apart

    Over-doing it (Pharisees)
    This is the heart of today’s passage: Fasting must not be superficial or self-glorifying, but God-glorifying. Religious hypocrites love to over-do it: Pharisees fasted twice a week (only required once a year for Israel) They wear a “fasting face” (to gain the approval of men)

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  • Pray to Please God Part 2

    Last week Jesus taught against praying hypocritically (as the Pharisees)

    This week Jesus teaches against praying mechanically (as the “Pagans”)
    This is when the mouth is engaged but the heart and mind are not. Prayer wheels, flags and beads — even our bedtime prayers easily slip into error.

    In opposition to the shellac of hypocrisy, God desires authenticity.

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  • Do Good to Please God

    We score ourselves based on what we do; God scores on why we do it. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.
    (1 Samuel 16.7)

    Three Reasons People Give

    Applause of men (Matthew 6:2)

    Applause of self (Matthew 6:3)

    Applause of heaven (Matthew 6:4)


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