Eight Woes and One Widow

Arrogant self-righteousness leads to condemnation, but humble faith-righteousness leads to commendation. In part 7 of The Passion Week, Pastor Dan Cox reads from Matthew 23:1-39, Mark 12:38-44, and Luke 20:45-21:4.

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Study Notes

Context for Our Text

Understanding the Text

  • Warnings

    • Obey God’s law, but don’t follow bad examples.
    • Humbly serve, lest you be humbled.
  • Woes

    • Hypocrites
    • Spiritually lost
    • Hindered others from entering the kingdom
    • Greedy manipulators
    • Pretentious show-offs
    • Poor spiritual examples
    • Dishonest
    • Elevated small things while neglecting weightier matters
    • Outwardly righteous, but inwardly corrupt
    • Murderous hearts
  • Waiting

  • Widow

 Self-Righteousness vs. Faith-Righteousness

Applying the Text

  • Trust in Christ’s righteousness, not your own.
  • Humbly serve others and let God exalt you.
  • Remember that God sees all and will reward all you do truly for Him.