Weightier Matters of the Law

Matthew 23:23-24. “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matter of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought  ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.”

The scribes and Pharisees manifested their piety by paying scrupulous attention to minor things, but ignoring the important things.They made sure to pay the tithe on the herbs they bought for cooking and aromatic purposes in their homes, but they ignored such important matters as judgment, mercy, and faith.

They strained out a gnat if one landed in their food or their drink. This would picture their great attention to detail in appearing to follow every jot and tittle of the law.  But then they gulped down whole camels, which by definition in the law were considered unclean for eating. The camels picture their lack of concern about judgment, mercy, and faith.

Appearance was everything to them. True faith was not.

And we are no different. Polish up the outside when we go to church, where we sit in condemnation and harsh criticism of those around us. Blind guides, indeed.


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