Originally posted by Jakko
You are mixing something up here.
Jesus was never hostile towards the pharisees, but the pharisees on the other hand, were quite hostile and even vicious towards him.
Jesus never attacked or questioned the pharisees, yet the pharisees questioned and attacked Jesus and eventually make the death of Jesus
Err, actually YOU'RE WRONG...
Taken from: www.lastdays.org.uk...
Throughout His ministry, Jesus was openly opposed to the Pharisees. He denounced them publicly for their hypocrisy, spiritual blindness, and evil
ways. The Pharisees had been entrusted with the guardianship of the Torah which was God's gift to Israel.
The law was intended to enable the Israelites to live righteous lives. But the Pharisees had corrupted the law. Disregarding any ethical
considerations and being devoid of mercy, they imposed an intolerable burden of legal observance upon the common people. Life for the Jews became
slavery to the legal precepts invented by the experts of the law.
Jesus condemned the Pharisees for being careful to appear righteous on the outside, while inside they were full of greed and wickedness. In the
"Dictionary of the Bible" D. Eaton says,
"That which defiles a man is the evil condition of his own heart (Matthew 15:11ff, Mark 7:14ff). No action is of any moral worth unless it is the
expression of the inward disposition."
Jesus called them blind guides who had shut the gates of heaven so that neither they nor the people could enter. He constantly attacked them for
hypocrisy, calling them fools.
"But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither
suffer ye them that are entering to go in...
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law,
judgment, mercy, and faith: these things ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and
swallow a camel.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion
and excess. Thou blind Pharisee...." (Matthew 23:13, 23:23-26)
However it must be said that not all Pharisees were hypocrites. There were some who were sincere righteous people. When Nicodemus genuinely sought the
truth, Jesus gave grace and instructed him in the way of Salvation (John 3: 1-21).
In "New Testament Survey" M. C. Tenney says,
"Not all of them were hypocrites. Nicodemus, who earnestly sought out Christ during His earthly ministry and ultimately shared with Joseph of
Arimathea the responsibility of burying Jesus' body was a Pharisee,"
But to the self righteous, Jesus spoke in parables so that they would not understand (Matthew 13:11-15). On many occasions Jesus made reference to His
Divinity, and asserted His authority over the Pharisees (John 10:33, Matthew 12:8).
Referring to their plans to kill Him, He compared them to tenants of a vineyard who wanted to kill the owner's son, in order to steal his inheritance
(Matthew 21:38). Finally He declared that He was the Son of God, knowing the consequences.
This was too much for the Pharisees to bear. How could this man be the Son of God, a man who broke their Sabbath laws and ate with sinners? To their
minds it was inconceivable.
"This is blasphemy!" they said.
"Crucify Him!" the people cried.
Throughout His ministry, Jesus had told them the truth.
Such was their blindness and hardness of heart that, when God came to them, they did not know Him.