Jesus described the scribes and Pharisees as a “brood of vipers,” “hypocrites,” and “blind guides” (Matt. 23:15, 24, 33). They were men who loved religious titles (Matt. 23:6-10). They literally put their religion on their sleeves (Matt. 23:5, 14). Who were these people? Who were the Sadducees, Lawyers, Zealots, and Herodians?
Modern manifestations of these groups are seen in denominations. Men wear religious titles (like “father” or “reverend”). They put on outward displays of religious devotion by wearing special clothing (clergy robes, hats, scarfs, etc.). They often leave off the weightier matters of the gospel and put more emphasis on political power than spiritual purity.