KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 23:17. Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?
Please read Matthew 23:15–26
To ask a person to act wisely is a polite way of saying he should not act foolishly. The Lord’s message to the Pharisees was rather blunt and straight to the point. He said to them ye fools and blind leaders who gave lots of wrong judgements about various issues. The Lord specifically referred to them saying that, when one swears by the temple it is nothing, but if he is to swear by the gold in the temple then he has offended, forgetting that it is the temple that sanctifies the gold. According to the word of God wisdom is choosing the way of God. Proverbs 9:10.”The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding”. One is blind, if he is walking in darkness. This was the exact state of the Pharisees and the scribes.
In this era of ours, we have many who have titled themselves as pastors, prophets and even apostles who fall into the same description that the Lord gave to the scribes and Pharisees. Is one not being foolish, if in the name of seeking for fame and financial glory, goes to bow to a fetish or Mallam? What is the wisdom in bearing the name of Christ, yet you do all kinds of abominable things, that even an ungodly person would be afraid to do? Some would have to sleep with virgins for ‘power’. Others stage manage miracles to attract people to their gatherings. All these is done in the name of obtaining much wealth. What would it profit you, if you gain all the wealth, but you lose your soul ?
Dear one, where are you treading in this life? Are you walking according to God’s word and ways, or you are living according to your own understanding? The blind is he who lives in sin or contrary to God’s word. The fool does not fear God, nor give any regard to Him. History teaches us that, all such people end up very miserably, and they would surely face God’s eternal punishment ultimately.
THOUGHT: ALL MEN WHO FOLLOWED GOD IN TRUTH, ENDED HONORABLY
1 Samuel 13:13. “And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.”
Proverbs 1:7. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”