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Rom 2:1 Hypocrisy Characteristic of "Good" People

Discussion in 'Exposition & Bible Study' started by bcbsr, Jun 26, 2020.

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    Hypocrisy Characteristic of "Good" People

    Rom 2:1 Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.

    In chapter one Paul spoke of people's outward sinfulness of which all would agree is bad. But here in this chapter he'll speak of sins such as the religious elite and self-righteous commit. Jesus' parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector starts, "To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable:" Luke 18:9 Likewise there are those today, particularly among religious people who look down on everyone else. While the hypocrisy that Jesus pointed out of the Pharisee in that parable and of the religious elite in Matthew chapter 23, it is even more tragically amusing to hear of the religious hypocrisy of inherent in the Muslim community which should be obvious to all. Fact is, as this chapter will show, all are guilty and therefore all need to be saved, be it the homosexual or the imam.

    Here the apostle confidently makes this claim because it is so characteristic of human nature to be sensitive to those areas of which oneself is guilty, though it be secretly. Though it may not be the particular sin of which one is guilty, but rather the category of sin. Thus in being outraged at hearing of rape, one may nonetheless themselves be involved in some form of sexual immorality, such as pornography.

    As an example consider King David, who had committed adultery with Bathseba and then had her husband secretly killed.

    2Samuel 12:1-5
    The LORD sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, "There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him." David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, "As surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this deserves to die!"

    2Samuel 12:7a Then Nathan said to David, "You are the man!"

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