The final woe that Christ pronounced on the Pharisees was because they hypocritically built fancy tombs and monuments for prophets who had been killed by their ancestors.
Matthew 23:29 NKJV
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous,”
They built these special tombs to prove that they were not like their ancestors who persecuted and killed the same prophets.
Matthew 23:30 NKJV
“and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’”
Unfortunately, their current attitudes did not support their claim. They were behaving just like their fathers.
Matthew 12:14 NKJV
“Then the Pharisees went out and plotted against Him, how they might destroy Him.”
They were just as unreasonable and hateful as their ancestors.
Christ offended them by healing a man on the sabbath.
Matthew 12:9-10 NKJV
“Now when He had departed from there, He went into their synagogue. And behold, there was a man who had a withered hand. And they asked Him, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—that they might accuse Him.”
Christ answered that all of them would deliver their animals on the Sabbath.
Matthew 12:11 NKJV
“Then He said to them, “What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out?”
Men are far more valuable than sheep.
Matthew 12:12 NKJV
“Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
Christ healed the man.
Matthew 12:13 NKJV
“Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and it was restored as whole as the other.”
The Pharisees were actually more evil than their ancestors. They plotted to kill Christ.
May you be humble before God. May you never compare yourself to others. May you show mercy to the afflicted, in Jesus’s name.