"Blind Guides and Fools…"
“Blind Guides and Fools…”
Jesus boldly spoke forth the truth to the religious rulers - the scribes and Pharisees.
He did so in love, in compassion, without sin.
Even as He called them what they were: hypocrites, blind guides, fools, blind men, etc.
16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, that is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple is obligated.’
17 You fools and blind men! Which is more important, the gold or the temple that sanctified the gold?
18 And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, that is nothing, but whoever swears by the offering on it, he is obligated.’
19 You blind men, which is more important, the offering, or the altar that sanctifies the offering?
20 Therefore, whoever swears by the altar, swears both by the altar and by everything on it.
21 And whoever swears by the temple, swears both by the temple and by Him who dwells within it.
22 And whoever swears by heaven, swears both by the throne of God and by Him who sits upon it.
The religious rulers were drawing cute lines of demarcation between what the Word said and what they wanted it to say - all for the purposes of securing their wealth and power. Obviously, they were concerned about the money.
Nothing has changed.
You see the terms Jesus uses to describe them: blind guides, fools, blind men.
They were guides who were to lead in learning the truth of the Law.
Yet, they were blind themselves.
Again, nothing has changed.
So many who are “leaders” within the Body of Christ are blind guides, blind men, fools to the Word.
They simply do not know the Truth of the Word of God.
Oh, they have the academic degrees of man.
But, they do not know the Word.
Therefore, when they preach, teach and speak, the words are often void of Truth.
Inconsistency is prevalent.
Worse yet, the people of the Lord are mislead.
This is especially egregious when children are mislead by the lack of knowledge of the leader.
Such should not be.
The Lord has empowered true believers with His Holy Spirit.
Study the Word.
Trust the Spirit to lead and teach.
Then, speak forth the truth…boldly as Jesus did.
Do not compromise.