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The Ivory Soap Beatitude (6 of 8)
Series: The Beatitudes
Matthew 5:8; 6:6, 19-24; 23:25-26
We are a culture obsessed with purity. Products for sale often boast of "having nothing added" or "100% pure" etc.
a. The goal of the computer industry is to try and make a "pure" chip. They have even used outer space to grow purer crystals.
b. Fruit drinks are advertised as having 100% pure fruit drink, no added sugar or other additives.
c. Wrigley's spearmint gum is supposed to be "100% pure chewing satisfaction."
d. Environmentalists want to restore the pure air in our environment and keep the water and land pure too.
e. Drug manufacturers want to produce pure products.
f. Certain ideologies have attempted to produce a pure system of government; communism was supposed to be this.
g. Hitler tried to produce a race of pure human beings.
h. Bottled water boasts its level of purity at the stores.
AND then there is Ivory soap ... it is tragically only 99 44/100% pure. Don't you just wonder what the other 56/100% is? At least they were honest to say that their best human effort fell short of complete purity.
TRANS. SENTENCE: "Pure" means something that is not contaminated, that is not polluted in any way. So what does Jesus mean when He said, "Blessed are the PURE in heart."?
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that we can only be "Blessed" or "happy" when our love and devotion to God is pure or unpolluted by the things of this world. The "pure in heart shall see God," meaning we will have clear vision.
I. PURITY POLLUTED! 23:25-26
A. Troubling Righteousness 23:25
1. The Pharisees were great at "purity" issues. They really had the system figured out for being "pure" in God's eyes.
a. Notice one verse earlier where Jesus said, "You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel." Gnats were often found around fermenting grapes used to make wine. Gnats were considered the smallest unclean animal by the ...
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