KEY SCRIPTURE; Matt 23:16 KJV Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!
In our key scripture, the Lord calls these false teachers, blind guides. Please be careful you are not following a blind leader. The Lord said their blindness is shown by the strange and soundless doctrines they propagate. These people do not place value on the high exalted ways of God. They major on minor things of the flesh and do not place value on high moral matters. They are more carnal than spiritual. The more weightier matters concerning faith, justice or holiness , and mercy are not of prime importance to them, yet exalt issues of money, religious practice etc.
Secondly, He said in Matt 23:25 that “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. This time the Lord reveals another aspect of the folly of these leaders. They may appear clean on the outside. This can even be seen in their dressings, yet their hearts are filled with bitterness and unforgiveness. We see some of them come on air openly insulting and cursing those who seem to be against them. Let’s consider the admonition of the scriptures. Col 3:12 KJV “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;” The preceding scripture reveals the proper heart condition of the true servants of God. Dear man of God, what is the state of your heart, first, towards God, and then towards your fellow man?
The Lord gives a final condition for such hypocritical leaders. Matt 23:29 KJV “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,” The Lord now reveals that such people are full of hatred towards the true servants of God. Some of these people even device evil schemes to murder the true servants of God. Dear servant of God, our Lord Jesus has spoken extensively about the error concerning some men and women of God.
I believe our Lord sincerely loved these people and would not want them to end in eternal destruction. Humbly receive the light and not remain a blind leader, leading the blind into destruction.
The expansion or spread of the gospel has suffered undue reproach because of the practices of such hypocritical ministers. If the above studies portray you in any way, then repent, for the arms of the Lord are open to accept and bless you.
Dear heavenly father, I pray that my heart towards you shall always be humble and submissive to your voice. I pray the false temporal things of this life will only be treated in the way the Lord wanted it.
THOUGHT: HUMILITY TOWARDS GOD IS THE ANSWER TO FOOLISHNESS OF THE HEART
Romans 2:8 KJV “But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,”
Romans 2:29 KJV “But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.”