“Woe to you, blind guides who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing, but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obliged to perform it.’ Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctifies the gold?” - Matthew 23:16, 17
Once again Jesus reminds us of an obvious truth that the blind cannot lead the blind. It would be very foolish, indeed, to follow a blind person across a busy road. Yet many people blindly follow so-called religious people who profess to know the way, but are themselves lost.
The god of this world, the devil, has blinded the minds of people so that they do not believe and this results in religious chaos with people chasing every kind of new religious teaching. They are deceived and walk in darkness.
Some take the word of God and make it mean what it does not mean. Others impose laws, supposedly based on the word of God, that are difficult to apply and often meaningless and foolish. There is a glimmer of truth, but it is not the true gospel.
Following the Lord Jesus Christ means that you are following the ‘light of the world’ and you cannot walk in darkness. When you have had an experience of coming into the light of the gospel you are no longer lost in the darkness of doubt and despair.
In today’s scripture Jesus says the religious leaders were making their vows based upon the gold in the temple, which they felt was more important and of greater significance and power than a vow, based upon the temple. Jesus bluntly told them how wrong they were in their belief.
Make sure that you do not put greater significance on material possessions rather than spiritual things. Material things, such as gold, which is naturally valuable in itself, will pass away. Making a promise to God based upon His word in the light of eternity is good but based upon fickle emotions is foolish.
Dear God and Father forgive me for my rash vows and foolish behaviour from time to time. With Your help I will hold fast to a good confession whereby my words will agree with Your word in the name of the Lord Jesus.