by Jerry Vines

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Stewarship (2 of 3)
Jerry Vines
Matthew 23:23

Jesus says, Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees,
hypocrites! For ye pay tithe of mint and anise and
cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the
law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to
have done, and not to leave the other undone.

I guess Tiger Woods is certainly the greatest golfer
of our day, isn't he? Arguably he may become the
greatest golfer of all time. It's an amazing story,
the story of Tiger Woods. This weekend he has signed
a deal with Nike for $100 million. Think about that.
They are planning on selling a lot of shoes, aren't'
they? Nike is the company that has that slogan, Just
do it! I'm not sure exactly all that means to us, but
that's their slogan. It is not unlike really what the
Lord Jesus says in the verse of Scripture I have
shared with you this morning. Jesus said when it
comes to the matter of doing justice—He is saying
here, these ought you to have done. When it comes to
justice Jesus says, JUST DO IT! When it comes to
mercy Jesus says, JUST DO IT! When it comes to faith
Jesus says, JUST DO IT! Then He says these ought to
have done—do all of those things, but don't leave the
other undone—do that also. He's talking about the
matter of the tithe.

Matthew 24 gives us a very different picture of the
Lord Jesus Christ from what contemporary culture would
paint of Him. Contemporarily today, people want you to
believe that Jesus Christ was some kind of weak-kneed,
namby-pamby, wishy-washy, meek and mild and gentle
Jesus. When you read the 23rd chapter of the book of
Matthew you will find that Jesus Christ was anything
but the way He is painted today. In fact, you will
find in this 23rd chapter that Jesus gives a series of
woes. They are like claps of thunder that fall off
the pages of our Bible. He uses words that people
would be surprised today to hear came from the li ...

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