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“White-Washed Tombs”

     Why was it ironic that the Jewish leaders refused to enter the Praetorium?


Dear Huh,

The irony was in their concern over ritual cleanliness while in the process of murdering an innocent Man.  The Jewish leaders wouldn’t go into the Praetorium because it was a Gentile building, and they didn’t want to be considered “unclean” because the Passover was the next day (Jhn 18:28).

These Jewish leaders were fixated with appearing clean and pious before the masses but were inwardly wicked and godless.  Jesus compared them to white-washed tombs that looked clean on the outside but were full of dead men’s bones on the inside (Matt 23:27).