The Blind Leaders of the Blind!!!
When He had called the multitude to Himself He said to them, “Hear and understand: Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.” Then His disciples came and said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?” But He answered and said,“Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted . Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.”
Then Peter answered and said to Him, “Explain this parable to us. So Jesus said, “Are you also still without understanding? Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man….. Matthew 15:10-20
In our previous Study, we see Jesus exposing the Traditions of the Elders that the religious Leaders has made to be equal to the word of God. We see Jesus exposing how the Pharisees made the Young ones gave their money to God when they should have helped their parents. Here read the conclusion of the discussion as Jesus called the Multitude together and gave answers to the questions of His Disciples who were afraid of what the Pharisees might do. Let us therefore learn to be fearless like Jesus Christ.
When He had called the multitude to Himself He said to them, “Hear and understand: Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.”: After Jesus had provided answers to the Pharisees who asked Him why His Disciples were not keeping the Traditions of the Elders, He invited the Multitude to Himself to instruct them. Jesus did not spend His time in argument with those who were not teachable and ready to receive Instructions. He would not waste His time trying to Explain truths to those who are always looking for faults in whatever He says or do. But to the Humble Multitudes who have followed Him, He calls to Himself to instruct. Let us therefore be wise Like our Master never to Waste our time and energy on people who are not willing to obey and receive instructions, but call to ourselves those with a humble and teachable Spirit. Jesus said to them, “Hear and Understand”. We must pay earnest attention to the things particular which we have heard from the mouth of Christ in the Scriptures. It is God’s will that we understand the Scriptures. Understanding the Word of God is not meant for some Few who want to become a Preacher. Jesus called the Multitude and Say to them, “Hear and Understand” It is a shameful thing for Believers to say they don’t understand what Jesus was saying in the Scriptures. This should not be so. “Hear and Understand”, the Lord says!!! Then the Lord provide answers to the question that the Pharisees asked about washing of Hands before Eating. He gave the answer to the Multitude instead of the Pharisees that asked. He said, “Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, that defiles a man.” There were lots of laws in the old testament(Leviticus 11)which forbids the Jews from eating some kinds of Meat and foods like pigs because it was considered unclean for them. But like we have been seeing that the Law was a Shadow of things to come. It was all meant to teach the people a principle of being Separated from Sins and being set apart from sinful habits. But here Christ says to them,”It is not what You eat that defiles you” It can cause us stomach upset but what defiles us is not this ritualistic avoidance of some food like pork meat. Not even foods offered to idols can defile us. For idols are just blocks of woods or stones.(1 Corinthians 8:4-8).What defiles us is what comes out of our mouth. If you are a Disciple of Christ, You will be more Careful of what comes out of Your mouth than what goes into Your Mouth. Don’t use this scripture as an excuse for taking harmful drugs or drinks. Don’t misquote Jesus words!!! Jesus was not saying, “we don’t have to be careful about Physical Hygiene” It is good to wash Your hands before you eat but You can’t be defiled by that. Your Heart cannot be defiled by what You eat but it can be defiled by your words. And that’s what we need to take more heed to. Let us therefore be careful of what comes out of our mouth remembering that, we shall give an account for every idle word that proceeds out of our hearts on the Judgement day(Matt 12:36)
Then His disciples came and said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?”: So many people are offended when they hear the Truth. The Pharisees were offended that Jesus spoke against Traditions. They were offended because Jesus exposed their error and greed of asking for Money from people who should have been taking care of their parents. So if you are offended by this also, then You are a Pharisee!!! If you are offended that someone exposes the Traditions of Your church that has no scriptural basis, then You are a Pharisee. If you are offended because someone shows you a Law in the Old testament(Like Tithing), that has invalidated a Principle in the New testament(Give as You propose in your Heart), then You are a Pharisees. We should never be afraid to stand for the Truth of God’s word. If they choose to be offended at God’s word, then that’s not our business!!! But the Disciples who were weak hearers like most believers today were afraid, so they came to Jesus and I perceived they were saying, “Lord, be careful of what You say in Public o. Just speak on other topics that will not offend these people. Speak on Love, Faith, Praise, Worship, Fasting and topics like that. But on matters like Tithing, Traditions like Christmas(Not found in Scriptures), Church Traditions, Family Traditions etc, Please Just keep silent. These guys are terribly upset and they could do something to You o” Have You met Preachers like these before? They are always careful of the Topics they choose lest they offend their hearers!!! As Faithful Stewards of Christ, we are to proclaim All that Jesus taught and never to conceal the Truth because we want to please our hearers.
But He answered and said,“Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.”: If you are Following a Tradition which God did not plant in His Word, one day it would be pulled out. You would have wasted Your Life following something which God never said or planted. The question is not whether it is Good in the eyes of Men. The question is, “Did My Heavenly Father planted It?” This is a very important question. Anything that did not originate in and from God will finally be rooted up. The wonderful works You did that does not originate from God’s mind will finally be destroyed. Hear it again,“Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted.” If You have a Ministry that does not originate in God’s mind, but originate from your own futile brain, one day it would be rooted up. Even though it looks so good in the eyes of Men. What will be important at the end is, “Did God planted it? Did it originates from God?” The Bible begins with, “In the Beginning God(Genesis 1:1). Those words must be considered in every Christian works or ministry we are engaged in. Don’t go into a Ministry because You have the money or you saw a need. The need does not constitute a Call to the Ministry. The question is, “What is the will of God?” Don’t plant a Plant that God has not called You to Plant!!! Don’t do a program that God has not called you to do!!! All those doing what the Lord has not Called them to do will be surprised that All they did will be burnt up on that day(1 Corinthians 3:13-15). There is a Popular saying that goes like this “Only what is done FOR Christ will Last forever” Well, I Disagree with this saying. The Correct thing should have been, “Only what Christ ask Me to Do and does through Me will Last Forever” You remember the Story of Mary and Martha(Luke 10:38-42),Mary sat down listening to the Words of Jesus, while Martha Ran into the Kitchen to cook for Jesus and His Hungry Disciples, Yet instead of Jesus encouraging Martha for Her selfless service, He rebuked Her!!! Saying, Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” What is the One needful thing Mary did? She sat down Listening to the Lord, I perceive she was waiting on the Lord saying, “Speak Lord, what do you want me to do? I don’t just want to do many things that would be burnt up on the final day!!! I want to do exactly what You want me to do!!!” Let us therefore seek the Lord to see if what we are doing is what He has asked Us to do.
The Disciples were wondering whether they should go and apologize to the offended Pharisees but Jesus said, “Leave them alone!!! Don’t bother about them!!! You don’t need to go and explain to them. There is nothing to apologize for. Leave them alone for they are Blind. They are religious but spiritually blind. No matter how much you try to explain to them, they would never see it. They are Blind Leaders Leading other Blind people”. The Pharisees were blind but the sad thing is that the people allowed them to be their leaders. We need to ask ourselves who our Leaders are? If our leaders are blind, then we have ourselves to blame when we fall inside a pit. For if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch. This is why it is very important for Christians to be sure for certain that their Spiritual leaders are not blind. A blind leader in this context is one who follows Traditions and not God’s word. We must make sure that we follow a Leader who have revelation on God’s word. Revelation that Leads to a Godly Life!!! Revelations that challenge You to want to Know more of God and please Him. Revelation that sets You Free from the chains of Slavery to Sins. Not Revelations that gives you wealth but leaves you defeated in Your Sins. Not Revelations that makes you excited only to lead You into the pit. Be careful of whom You choose as a Leaders because You will definitely end up where they ended.
Then Peter answered and said to Him, “Explain this parable to us. So Jesus said, “Are you also still without understanding?”: What Christ had said was very clear but because it does not agree with the Traditions they have always believed, it looks to the Disciples like a Parable. Great Truths appears Like Parables to Most Believers because they have been brainwashed for so long by their Spiritual leaders. So I won’t be surprised if All these Great Truths you have been reading appears Like Parables to You. But instead of getting offended and keeping quiet like the Blind Pharisees, learn from Peter who said, “Explain this Parable to Us”. Humble Yourself and Ask for Clarification if You don’t Understand. Don’t keep quiet and end up in the Pit like Your Leader. The Excuse that You were deceived by your Leaders will not be accepted on the Day of Judgement because You deliberately shut your eyes to the Light and Truths of God’s word.
Yet the Lord replies, “Are You also without Understanding?” Those whom the Lord Loves, He rebukes(Rev 3:19). Even Jesus expected His Disciples to have some understanding at that time though the Holy Spirit was not yet given. How much more in these days that the Holy Spirit has been poured out!!! Does the Lord still has to say to us, “Are You still without Understanding? Despite the Bible has been written and made available for You so cheap, despite You have been coming to Church since you are a baby, But Yet are You still without Understanding?” Oh what a Great need there is among believers to meditate on God’s word so that we get the Revelation of the Spirit in Humility so that we can understand.
Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man: The Human body has been built up in such a way that there is an Elimination process in it. And that takes care of things harmful that goes into our stomach. But the things that comes out from the Heart, is that which defiles the Man. Be careful of what goes through Your eyes, ears and Temptations in the Flesh for it moves to the heart. Just like a Movie where they put 5 or 10 seconds of Sex scene sometimes just to stimulate people. You may say, “well, most of the 2 hours is okay, it is just 5 or 10 seconds of Sex scene” This is Exactly like saying, “A 5 or 10 drops of poison in a Glass full of Milk is okay for drinking!!!” A few drops of Poison in a Glass of Milk is enough to kill a Man. And guess what, Sexual Scene is a Very Strong Poison. That 5 or 10 seconds of Sexual scene is what You will remember for the Next 50 years even when you have forgotten the whole story of the Movie. Be careful of what Goes into Your Heart. For our of it comes ALL other Sins like Evil thoughts. Imagine Your thoughts sounds loud exactly like Your Voice, won’t you be careful with Your thoughts? The reason we are not careful with our thoughts is because we don’t fear God. We are careful with our words because We fear Men but because our thought Life cannot be known by others but by God alone, we are careless with it. This is where we are tested whether we fear God or not. Let us therefore guide our hearts with all diligence from Lusting, false witness, Anger, Unforgiving attitude, Adultery, lest we corrupt our whole Life (Proverb 4:23)
Dear Friend, Be more Careful of Your Heart than Your Stomach. Be more afraid of Sin than of Sickness!!! If you are so careful to wash your plates and your hands so that germs would not enter your body to cause Sickness then why are you careless about the things that enters into Your heart? Sin is a Far more serious thing than Sickness!!! Don’t be without Understanding on this Matter!!! When bad food enters into your mouth, you are so quick to spit it out but Yet You nurture dirty, bitter and Lustful thoughts? Don’t be without understanding!!! The test that You are really spiritual is that you are More afraid of Sins than of Sickness!!! May the Lord grant unto us Grace to apply these Truths to our Lives.(Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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