Mathew 23:13. “But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.”
There are eight woes spoken in this chapter. This first one uncovers the hearts of the Pharisees, much to their chagrin. Jesus is building up their case against Him, at this point, with just about every word He speaks.
Here, He tells them that they have willfully shut their eyes and turned away from the light of the gospel. Not only did they refuse to enter into the kingdom of heaven, but they warned others away as well. Their teachings, based on tradition, were far more precious to them than the offer of the Messiah, Who had come to fulfill the law and, by doing so, to set it aside and replace it with the grace of salvation.
There are none so blind as those who will not see.