Are We Hypocrites? – Part 2 | Luke 12:1-3

Are We Hypocrites? – Part 2 | Luke 12:1-3

Introduction

Luke 12:1-3 ESV  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.

  • Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, Jesus tells His disciples…
    • Beware of the sin that spread so easily.
    • Stay away from it.
    • Have nothing to do with it.
    • Never flirt with it…
    • Because it spreads, it infects, and if you mix your self with them, the leaven will affect you too. It will get you too. It will drag you down into the pit too.
  • There is a crowd gathering, we see that in verse one, the crowd is of thousands… so big that people were being trampled to see Jesus… but before Jesus address the crowd He says to His disciples “Beware the leaven of the Pharisees”.

Luke 12:1 ESV  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.

  • Beware of the leaven of the pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
  • So once again this morning, we are talking about hypocrisy, and we are asking the question “Are we hypocrites?”
    • Because I don’t want Jesus to call me a hypocrite, I want Him to call me lots of things…
      • Let the Lord call me faithful
      • Let Him label me a sheep
      • Let Him know me as friend…
      • BUT PLEASE, LORD, DO NOT LET ME BE KNOWN AS A HYPOCRITE.
  • And if I don’t want to be a hypocrite then I need to stay away from hypocrisy, because it only takes a little bit of hypocrisy to make a person a hypocrite, a little bit of leaven leavens the whole lump church.
  • Therefore, last week, I presented this two questions… the answers of these two questions revealing if we are or are not hypocrites.
    • Question one: How do we respond to sin?
      • We talked about this last week. What makes us a hypocrite as a Christian is not whether we sin or not but rather how we RESPOND to sin.
        • Do we hate it? Do we fight against is? Do we run from it?
        • Or are we ok with it?
          • Because if we are ok with it, then yeah, we are hypocrites.
  • But there is this second question I presented but didn’t have the time to talk about, to find out if you are a hypocrite, I posed, ask this question: What do you do in secret?
  • I said last week “If you answer these two questions you will know if you are a hypocrite: How do you respond to sin and what do you do in secret?
    • But as I was doing my morning bible studies this week the Lord gave me one more question to throw into the mix… Not just “What do we do in private” but also “what do we do in public?

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  • Therefore I now present three questions: Are we hypocrites?
    • Well, how do we respond to sin?
    • What do we do in Secret?
    • And what do we do in Public?

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Point 1 – What do We Do in Secret?

Luke 12:1-2 ESV  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.

  • Do you sin in secret?
    • Do you hide your wickedness?
    • Is your sin behind closed doors? Is there things you hope NOBODY in this church will find out?
    • Do you try to hide the darkness that comes out in private?
  • I don’t need to name your sin you do in private, because if it is there, you know what it is. The Holy spirit is brining it up to you right now.
  • And as He brings that sin to your mind, Jesus says “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is Hypocrisy”
  • Let me show you why this is hypocrisy. Turn with me to Psalm 94

Psalms 94:5-11 ESV  They crush your people, O LORD, and afflict your heritage.  (6)  They kill the widow and the sojourner, and murder the fatherless;  (7)  and they say, “The LORD does not see; the God of Jacob does not perceive.”  (8)  Understand, O dullest of the people! Fools, when will you be wise?  (9)  He who planted the ear, does he not hear? He who formed the eye, does he not see?  (10)  He who disciplines the nations, does he not rebuke? He who teaches man knowledge—  (11)  the LORD—knows the thoughts of man, that they are but a breath.

  • The wicked say “God won’t see me” so they sin in secret!
    • The Bible call’s such people fools.
  • Who do you believe God is?
    • Do you believe He is the creator of all things?
    • Do you believe He is the ruler of all things?
    • Do you believe He is all knowing?
    • All seeing?
    • All powerful?
    • All Just?
  • If you believe this things about God, then surely you must know there is no hiding from Him! Right?
  • Look at what God said through the prophet Jerimiah… God speaking here in Jeremiah 23:24

Jeremiah 23:24 ESV  Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the LORD.

  • And moving over to the New Testament, Hebrews says this:

Hebrews 4:12-13 ESV  For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  (13)  And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

  • That means that if you sin just in your mind God knows it!
    • So yeah church, if you believe God is who He says He is, and you try to hide your sin from Him, you are a hypocrite!
  • OK Pastor, but I am cool with God seeing my sin, He has grace for me. He is a lot more forgiving then people, it’s the people I don’t want to see my sin”
    • You know what, your right. God is so much more forgiving and grace filled than people… and what a wonderful and beautiful truth that is! Praise God…
    • But, hear me, if you are trying to hide your sin from others, you are still a Hypocrite!
    • Why?
    • BECAUSE THE BIBLE SAYS YOUR SIN WILL FIND YOU OUT!

Numbers 32:23  But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the LORD, and be sure your sin will find you out.

  • Your sin will find you out!
    • David thought he was so sneaky sleeping with Bathsheba while her husband was at war… HOW DID THAT WORK OUT FOR HIM?
    • Judas was so careful to betray Jesus… HOW DID THAT WORK OUT FOR HIM?
  • Look, if you are sinning in secret, and you continue to do so after hearing this word, then you are in turn saying “The Bible is lying when it says that my sin will find me out”.
    • Because if you truly believed Scripture you would KNOW that there is nothing done in secret that will not be brought to the light.

Luke 12:2-3 ESV  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.

  • Now if you are hearing this and it is hitting hard… Please, please, please don’t feel condemned…
    • Instead be grateful for the help being offered here today, remember, hypocrisy comes in how we respond.
    • Take this sermon and make change… at the conclusion we are going to talk about how to fix this, ok, so don’t check out now… grace is on the way, y’all!
  • But before we get to the healing, let’s first talk a little more about the problem…
    • You see I am a firm believer in exposing the problem fully before offering the solution.
      • Why, because if you don’t know you have a problem then you wont have a desire for a solution.
        • If you go to the doctor for a routine checkup and he comes back with a needle the size of Nebraska you are not going to be cool with that!
        • Like you come in for an annual check up and the doctor comes in with this huge needle and is like “Ok, bend over!”
          • You are going to be like: “NO! What?! Why?!?!?”
        • But if that doctor comes in with graphs, and charts, and test results, and xrays of you and spends 30 minutes explaining that you have a rare and deadly disease…
        • He points out all the evidence…
        • He takes time explaining what the disease is and what it could do to you…
        • But then says “Don’t worry, there is a cure, in fact I have it here, it is a big needle, but it will save your life”
        • Then all the sudden you are grateful for that needle, will it hurt a bit, sure, but nothing when compared to the disease it cures!
  • So then… lets talk a little more about the problem…

Point 2 –  What do we do in Public?

  • Point two, what do we do in public?
    • The Lord showed me that hypocrisy is not just what we do in private, but also through what we do in public. And He showed me through this verse:

Matthew 6:1-5 ESV  “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.  (2)  “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.  (3)  But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,  (4)  so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.  (5)  “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

  • The question is “Who are you trying to please?”
    • Don’t tell me you are trying to please God by doing good then go out of your way to make sure others know just how much good you are doing!
      • That is hypocritical.
      • Church there is only one person I want to hear say “Well done my good and faithful servant” and that is my Lord.
      • There is only one reward I care about, the crown of glory.
      • If I give all away to the homeless and no one knows but God, GOOD! He is the one who matters!
    • It’s not to say that your good deeds won’t sometimes be noticed…
      • Pastor Teresa received an award from the governor for her work fighting human trafficking….
      • But I tell you church, that’s not why she does it.
      • And I also tell you this, Governor Reynolds doesn’t know the half of what Pastor Teresa does, because Teresa doesn’t flaunt it.
  • But the hypocrites… they want PEOPLE to see there good works.
  • They want the crowds to see them as holy.
  • They are cups with clean shiny outsides, but filthy insides.
  • The Hypocrites do good in public and sin in private… THEY HAVE IT BACKWARD!
  • So let’s conclude with this… what should it look like?

Conclusion

  • You know what we ought to do in public? We ought wave our sin around… if we are going to sin, then why hide it?

James 5:16 ESV  Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

  • Confess your sins to one another… you know what that means, it means “Tell people about your sin”
    • Wave it around “Here is my sin, here is my sin, here is my sin” You know why? Not because you are proud of it, not because you are boasting in your sin. NO! Because you want help with your sin!
      • Remember, sin does not make us hypocrites, but our response to sin does.
    • Imagine you are a football coach, who would you rather have on your team, a wide receiver who pretends he is perfect, or a wide receiver who is honest about his faults.
      • Give me the honest one, the one who is not ashamed to say “here are my weak spots”.
      • Because I can help the honest one! I can train the honest one.
    • And that is what I want, no, that is what God wants in a church.
      • A church that can be honest with one another, so that they can help one another.
  • What should we do in private? A whole lot of good! Because I want God to see me good, not others.

Matthew 6:3 ESV  But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 

Matthew 6:6 ESV  But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 

  • Does this mean we never do good in public?
    • No, it means we don’t go out of our way to be seen.
  • Does this mean we never pray in public?
    • No, there are times the Bible says to do so.
  • What it does mean is that the intent of my heart is to do things to please God and God alone…
    • And should that not be the intent of your heart this morning, then pray this prayer…
    • The very same prayer that King David prayed after his private sin was made very public…
  • You see David thought he was so cleaver, so careful, sleeping with Bathsheba while her husband was away.
    • He even tried to cover up his sin and keep it hidden when Bathsheba became pregnant…
    • He tried to have her husband sleep with her to make it look like her baby, and when that didn’t work he murdered her husband.
    • He did everything to keep his sin secret…
    • But David knows full and well this truth “Your sin will find you out”
    • And so David’s sin found him out, and he examined his heart and found it to be wicked and broken…
      • His heart wanted to sin in secret and do go in public.
      • He knew his heart was wrong… so David prayed this prayer…

Psalms 51:1-12 ESV  To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.  (2)  Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!  (3)  For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.  (4)  Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.  (5)  Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.  (6)  Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.  (7)  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.  (8)  Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice.  (9)  Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.  (10)  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.  (11)  Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.  (12)  Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

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