Reading: Matthew 23:25-32
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous, saying, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets. ‘Thus you witness against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers. – vv.29-32 (ESVUK)
In my childish, childhood days, I would often think about Eve’s succumbing to temptation in the Garden. And in my foolish mind, I’d say I couldn’t have been tempted to eat a forbidden fruit. And yet it was easy for me to nick my brother’s apple (a very precious fruit in our country back then!), forget my errands, hurt my friend, and pick many other wrong choices that were presented to me each day.
So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.
Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
Thanks be to God
through Jesus Christ our Lord!
– Romans 7:21-26 (ESVUK)