August 9 – Blind Guides

Matthew 23:13-22

“Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.’ You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that has made the gold sacred? (Matthew 23:16, 17 ESV)

Jesus let the scribes have it. He was tired of those guys. They had completely missed the point of their calling. In a lengthy speech he warned them using strongly condemning language. Pointing out their various grievous flaws he moved from area to area of their arrogant and corrupt practices. Their priorities were so out of balance and Jesus held nothing back.

Jesus had come to heal the blind and set the captive free, but many of the Pharisees had rejected Christ. They didn’t realize that not all sight refers to eyes, not all vision is produced by eyes, and not all blindness is a physical ailment. The Pharisees and scribes were blind, their hearts were blind.

I can’t really imagine trying to make it through this life without the ability to see. All I can imagine is darkness and uncertainty when I stop to consider blindness. And yet the Pharisees were willfully leading people into corruption. They were, as Jesus said, producing “sons of hell.”

I am so glad that the love of Christ at work in my life brings with it a heathy perspective. But even so, I still find myself reeling from blind spots. That is why it is really important to surround yourself with really honest and aware people that will let you know when you stray off target.

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