Day 10 ~ Like Whitewashed Tombs

Day 10 ~ Like Whitewashed Tombs

Day 10 ~ Like Whitewashed Tombs

 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Matthew 23:27


In Matthew chapter 23, Jesus pronounces 8 woes on the Scribes and Pharisees accusing their hypocrisy. He called them blind guides. He was saddened by their behavior because they who were responsible for bringing others to God were making them “twice as much a son of hell” as themselves. They were shutting up the kingdom of heaven against men. By their ever righteous attitude and behavior, they were leading pretense lives. Which by the end of the day didn’t serve anyone, not even themselves.


He goes on to compare them to various things to point out their duplicity. In v27 he calls them “whitewashed tombs”


In general, cemeteries were outside of cities; but any dead body found in the field was to be buried on the spot where it had been discovered. A pilgrim to the Passover, for instance, might easily come upon such a grave in his journey, and contract uncleanness by the contact (Num. 19:16). It was therefore ordered that all sepulchers should be whitewashed a month before Passover, in order to make them conspicuous, so that travelers might avoid ceremonial defilement. 


The fact that it was around the festival time this happened, Jesus might have picked the comparison. He wasn’t concealing anything here or speaking to them in parables. Jesus pretty much blatantly told the truth. “you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” (Matthew 23:28)


Hypocrisy was something Jesus couldn’t tolerate and He repeatedly pointed that out to the scribes and teachers of the law following Him everywhere trying to find fault with Jesus. Hypocrisy is even more dangerous because it a direct cause that could prevent someone from even considering the way of life.  We don’t want to be like those whitewashed tombs, beautiful on the outside, unspeakable on the inside. Eventually, those whitewashed tombs will become what they were meant to convey, informing people to stay away from them so they won’t be defiled. When people detect hypocrisy, you can guarantee that they will stay away from you or anything you stand for.


Biblical Similes - Like Whitewashed Tombs


Do your best to be an honest and transparent person, walking in the word, aligning your thoughts and your actions with what the word of God says. This way, you will be a beacon leading others to Jesus Christ.



Vincent, M. R. (1887). Word studies in the New Testament (Vol. 1, pp. 125–126). New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.

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