Today's Reading: Exodus 39-40 and Matthew 23:23-39
What is the difference between hypocrisy and imperfection?
The Pharisees were hypocrites because they weren't really listening for God's guidance. They were so intense about following the rules that they missed the whole point: a closer relationship with God.
The youth group at Saddleback Church put together a little skit to show how appearances don't always match the heart's condition:
If you are curious to learn more about what the Pharisees believed, or how they differed from the other leading group at the time (the Sadducees), then here is a great informational video: