“What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity. Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness.” -Matthew 23: 27-28
The word “whitewash” absolutely fascinates me. It means to cover up, to camouflage, to gloss over, and to sugarcoat. Whitewash is also a form of paint that is made up of slaked lime powder, chalk, water, and other ingredients. The ornate buildings found in a cemetery are whitewashed tombs. The whitewashed tombs are filled with the bones of those who have passed on.