“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? And you say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gift that is on the altar, he is bound by his oath.’ You blind men! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred? So whoever swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. And whoever swears by the temple swears by it and by him who dwells in it. And whoever swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by him who sits upon it.
by: Jasmine Lynch.
Jesus pointed out a problem that existed then and still exists today—majoring in the minor things of the Kingdom. Churches have been split over things that have nothing to do with one’s salvation—such as the color of the carpet, how often to take Communion, whether or not to cover one’s head in church, whether or not to kneel during prayer, etc. Jesus referred to the leaders as fools and blind guides and pronounced a number of woes on them. We need to set our priorities straight. We need to stop “strain[ing] out a gnat” (v.24). Focus instead on kingdom building and unity.