New Living Translation

They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden.

It is interesting to read Christ’s criticism of the religious structures of his day.

He did not counsel disobedience as he counseled:

New Living Translation

So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach.

After a long discourse on pride he then stated:

King James Bible

But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

This came to mind when I was cleaning the chapel one week and found myself cleaning with a member of the stake presidency. The area president I knew cleaned his chapel as well.

  • What examples can you think of where people have been true to this scripture’s intent?
  • When have they not?
  • What parts of this sermon (Matthew 1:14) resonate most with you?
A servant


1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:
3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,
7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

“Betrayal of Christ” by Duccio di Buoninsegna