This past summer a beautiful but putrid smelling flower went into full bloom at Vancouver’s Bloedel Conservatory for the second time in three years. The beautiful titan arum plant, native to the Sumatra region in Indonesia, has been described as smelling like “rotten flesh, with notes of old fish and decayed cabbage”. It is hard to believe something so beautiful could produce something so putrid. In Jesus day he makes a comparison of something that appears to be beautiful but has a disgusting element to it. What Jesus describes is self-righteousness. In describing the self-righteous religious rulers of His day, He describes them as, “whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.” Not a picture you would want to emulate!
Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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