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A.Who were the Pharisees; their significance? B.What was the difference between John the Baptist and the Pharisees? C.What may we learn from this passage of scripture about the Righteousness of the Pharisees? D. Closing comment about the best servants being the most humble servants. The greatest ministers of Christ are not the most ready among men to be highly esteemed by men, but they will be the most ready not just to abase themselves but be the most ready to declare the excellency of Christ and defend his doctrine. It is John who is the greatest among them that are born among women, and is so highly esteemed among the Jews, yet as the forerunner of Christ he abases himself and says, "He is preferred before me whose shoes latchet I am not worthy to unloose." By his free grace Christ honors men with such high gifts as those of John The Baptist, yet like John these ministers see themselves as unworthy to receive such things. J. Mason said "As the Lark that sores the highest, builds her nest the lowest; the nightingale that sings the sweetest, sings in the evening when all things are resting; the branches that are most laden with ripe fruit bends the lowest; and the ship that is most laden with goods sinks the lowest in the water, so the holiest Christians are the humblest."