The Scribes and the Pharisees

Reading Assignment:

Matthew 23:1-39
Mark 12:38-44
Luke 20:45-21:4


Did you understand what you read?

  1. Where the scribes and Pharisees fail the most, in their teachings or in their lives?
  2. How have the scribes and Pharisees made being righteous difficult?
  3. What was the primary motivation of the scribes and Pharisees for being religious? How was this demonstrated?
  4. What are the three reasons using religious titles is wrong?
  5. What are the eight charges (woes) Jesus condemns the scribes and Pharisees for doing?
  6. Who would Jesus be sending to Jews? For what purpose? When would this happen?
  7. Though Jesus plans bring vengeance on the Jews for their murders, did he take any delight in it?
  8. What would Jesus rather do? What was preventing him?
  9. Why do you suppose Matthew’s account of this discourse has so much more detail than Mark and Luke’s accounts?
  10. After the lesson where do we find Jesus?
  11. What did he observe there?
  12. What lesson did he draw from his observation?