Matt 23:1-8 Then Yeshua (Jesus) spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, saying, "The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things, and do not do them. "And they tie up heavy loads, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger. "But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their phylacteries, and lengthen the tassels of their garments. "And they love the place of honor at banquets, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called by men, Rabbi. "But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers.
Do not call yourself Rabbi meaning Great one. We already touched on this one. Adonai is Great and so is His Son. Do not be overly concerned with what you wear or that it will make you look more Holy or righteous than others. Some were thinking they were more spiritual because of how long their tassels were. HaShem is more concerned with the heart and the inside - your spirit.
What kind of Spirit do we present to others daily?
Matt 23:9 And call no man your father on the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
This is someone who is claiming the title of “spiritual father”, and is not referring to one’s biological father. This is a good verse to show to your catholic friends.
Matt 23:10-11 Do not be called masters: for one is your Master, even Mashiach (Christ). But he that is greatest among you will be your servant.
Titles do not make us above others. Serving others now will be rewarded later. Yeshua is our Master. He became servant of us all by dying in our place. He even washed the feet of the talmidim. We are to follow His example and sacrifice our lives for others and for Him.
Since the Hebrew Alpha-Bet only has 22 letters we go back to the beginning here. Alpha - head , as in Creator; King; the head of a bull appointed for sacrifice.
Matt 23:12 And whosoever will exalt himself will be abased; and he that will humble himself will be exalted.
Yeshua continues by listing 7 woes directed at the corrupt religious leaders.
Woes are a coming of perfect judgment from Adonai.
Matt 23:13-14 "But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from men; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. ["Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour widows' houses, even while for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive greater condemnation.]
This is a major error. To keep others from the Mercy of HaShem by teaching lies this is a major error. Those that listen to them also fail to receive His Mercy. Don’t mess with the “Mercy Seat” of HaShem. If one does not believe these words, that one is in for a rude awakening in the future. It is a dreadful thing to fall into to the hands of the living G-d.
Matt 23:15 "Woe to you, teachers of the law (Torah)and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell (Gehenna) as you are.
a single convert - this is referring to a gentile converting to Judaism. They make him a son of Hell because they are not pointing him to Yeshua.
Matt 23:16-22 Woe to you, you blind guides, which say, whoever will swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever will swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? And, Whosoever will swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever swears by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? Therefore, he who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. And he who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells in it. And he who swears by heaven swears by G-d's throne and by the one who sits on it.
Yeshua makes it clear that swearing by the temple was the same as swearing by G-d Himself.