Updated: Sep 14
All of the above well describe the point God was apparently trying to get across when Jesus confronted hypocrisy in his audiences repetitively. We can draw this conclusion because the word hypocrite is given to us by the Greeks and the term evolved from their theatrical performances. It was used to describe masks worn by Greek actors -- as their masks would display a fixed expression -- many times for the sake of humor by portraying an emotion that was the exact opposite of the lines being spoken by the actors.
Understanding that it is from this perspective that the word hypocrisy is to be viewed, Mark 7:6, then draws an even clearer picture of what Jesus desires of us, “Well has Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.’"
God despises hypocrisy because when it comes to worship he doesn’t desire theatrics. He just wants our pure, unadulterated adoration. He wants our hearts.
Don’t just invite him to come into your heart, give him your heart.
Watch Pastor Eric's Message on this subject: One Mask You Should Never Wear