Interpretations

Making yours more important than Scripture:

“The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must obey them and do everything they tell you.  But do not do what they do, for they do not practise what they preach.  – Matthew 23:2-3

The Pharisee’s traditions and their interpretations and applications of the laws had become as important to them as God’s law itself. Their laws were not all bad – some were beneficial.  The problem arose when the religious leaders (1) took man-made rules as seriously as God’s laws, (2) told the people to obey these rules but did not do so themselves, or (3) obeyed the rules not to honour God but to make themselves look good.  Usually Jesus did not condemn what the Pharisees taught, but what they were hypocrites

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