And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.
I. THE MEANNESS OF HATRED is exhibited in the conduct of the Pharisees.
1. They professed to be peculiarly holy and righteous men. But here, on the Sabbath, in the synagogue, they watched Jesus, only that they might bring an accusation against Him.
2. They charged the Herodians with being traitors to their country. Yet now, in order to accomplish their murderous purpose on Jesus, they are willing to join hands with them.
II. THE EVIL OF HATRED is here seen.
1. Its evil effects upon themselves. They grew more and more bitter towards Jesus, and their hearts and consciences more and more seared.
2. Its evil effects upon society. They ultimately induced the people in a fit of madness to demand the murder of Jesus.
III. THE SINFULNESS OF HATRED.
1. The Bible denounces it as murder (1 John 3:15).
2. It is inconsistent with a state of grace (1 John 3:14; 1 John 4:8).
(D. C. Hughes, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.