Church of Christ
Church of Christ
203 Mesquite Street
Ranger, TX 76470
Preacher: Drew Hyde
254.647.3425
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Spiritual Blindness
by Drew Hyde
The Disciples approached Jesus in Matthew chapter 15 with a
concern.  The teaching he had directed toward the Pharisees and
their traditions had not been received well.  Many of the men in this
most influential and respected of Jewish sects were upset.  The
disciples wanted to know if Jesus knew of this reaction, and
perhaps how He was planning to soothe the Pharisees, "But he
answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not
planted, shall be rooted up.  Let them alone: they be blind leaders
of the blind.  And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the
ditch." (Mt. 15: 13-14)  Jesus pronounced the judgment of their
religion, and the judgment of all man-made religions.  If God is not
the source, the religion will be rooted up.  Their blindness is shown
to be a danger to them and to all who would follow them.  Jesus is
not talking about physical blindness or the danger of a physical fall.
 This blindness is spiritual and the danger it creates is spiritual
danger.

The Pharisees were blind to the failure of their religion.  The whole
purpose of their religion was to strive for greater purity and
faithfulness to God's word.  The Pharisees had built up a large
body of tradition that they respected, taught and followed as if it
were God's word.  They won great admiration and trust of the
masses of the people of Judah over the years.  It would not be bold
to say that they were generally considered righteous and godly.  
Yet, the traditions they had created to keep themselves holy and
which were the source of their greatest distinction were actually
causing them to break God's law.  In making new commandments
and demanding that others keep them, they had usurped God's
authority.  At the same time, the elevated status of their traditions
allowed them to feel justified in side-stepping commandments of
God that they would rather not keep.  

Jesus pointed out the hypocrisy of a religious group that claims to
serve God, yet creates traditions and commandments that reject
God's word in Mt 15:3-7.  He applied this judment to them in verses
8 and 9; "This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and
honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.  But in
vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments
of men."  They were blind to the fact that the teaching of men that
supported their religion made it empty, even after Jesus told them
these things.  We must not follow the Pharisees in this blindness.  
The same principle holds true today, the commandments and
traditions of men in religion lead people away from God.
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