Fill in the blanks using the New King
James Version of the Bible.
Then _________ spoke to the _________
to His disciples,
saying: “The _________
sit in Moses’ _________ .
they tell you to
_________ , that _________
and do, but do
not do _________
to their _________ ;
they _________ ,
and do not _________ .
taken from the
New King James
Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson,
Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved."
The Pharisees and the Sadducees
When Jesus was on earth, He was generally kind and loving toward
people. But there were some people who were not recipients of his
kindness, but of his anger. These people pretended to be religious, but
they were very unloving and unmerciful to other people.
He spoke harsh words to the Jewish religious leaders known as the
(. These men were very careful to tithe, or give one-tenth of all their
income as an offering to God, but sometimes they would call attention
to themselves so that people could watch them put their money in the
collection . They were very proud of the fact that they were observing
the law of Moses, but they were uncaring and even cruel to their
neighbors and even their families.
Jesus compared them to tombs that had been painted with whitewash and
looked very beautiful on the outside, but in reality they were like
graves full of dead men's bones, not beautiful at all.
These men would even kill the prophets that God had sent, if they
didn't want to hear the message they brought. When John the Baptist
came preaching and telling them to repent, they did not listen to him
and they refused to be baptized.
They were very proud of themselves and wore long robes with broad
borders, or fringes on them to show their importance. They wanted to
get the best seats in the synagogues, the places of worship. They loved
for people to call them "Rabbi", or teacher, and they would pray long
prayers out in public just for people to see them.
The Sadducees were Jewish religious leaders who were
from the wealthy families. This group did not believe that people would
be resurrected, or raised from the dead. They also did not
believe angels existed.