top of page

Hypocritical Pharisees

We're up to day 12 of our 90 day challenge to read through the entire NT. It’s been great reading though the comments at the end of each day. Today we’re looking at Mark 7,8, & 9.

Jesus address the Pharisees in chapter 7, and it’s been a theme that has been speaking strongly to me lately. Mark (along with all the gospel writers) highlights how JC is often upset at with the Pharisees,


In chapter 7, the Pharisees question JC why his disciples don’t ceremonially wash their hands – which was a pharisaic (or religious) tradition. -

So the Pharisees and teachers of religious law asked [Jesus], "Why don't your disciples follow our age-old tradition? They eat without first performing the hand-washing ceremony."

Jesus replied, "You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote,


'These people honor me with their lips,