He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.Mark 7:6
We’ll take a little break from our hour of prayer to share a realization that I had.
Hypocrites are a big problem in the church. God declares a warning in Isaiah 29:13 that he reiterated in the New Testament about hypocrites.
The scary thing is that our prayers can be hypocritical – talking to God with our lips, but our hearts are far from Him.
The most interesting hypocrite in the Bible was a man anointed in the name of the Lord (1 Samuel 10:1). He prophesied (1 Samuel 10:11). The Spirit of God had come upon him (1 Samuel 11:6)
But soon he disobeyed God (1 Samuel 13:13), tried to kill his son (1 Samuel 14:44), lied to the prophet of the Lord (1 Samuel 15:13), and begged Samuel to help him save face (1 Samuel 15:30). In 1 Samuel 15:30 we see an interesting phrase that describes Saul.
He refers to YHWH as “the LORD thy God” – not his God.
Make sure that your life is not a monument to hypocrisy like Saul. An anointed leader of Israel who gave no sign of knowing the LORD.