“Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. For you yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering.” When Jesus went outside, the Pharisees and the teachers of the law began to oppose him fiercely and to besiege him with questions, waiting to catch him in something he might say. (Luke 11:52-54)
My daughter and I went to Goodwill because I wanted to buy a dress. She accidentally locked her keys in the car. While I was shopping, a man from Goodwill tried unsuccessfully to get her car open with a coat hanger. Then, a man with great knowledge and tools for breaking into cars stopped to help them. Since he wasn’t a locksmith, he was most likely a thief. His knowledge and his key substitution opened her car door.
We justify our actions. Most thieves believe they are victims who deserve the belongings of others. The man who helped my daughter no doubt felt good about helping her. But little doubt another motive was showing off his expertise. The Pharisees, also full of themselves, didn’t see Jesus as the Son of God, only a prophet who threatened them. But just in case He was the Son of God, they didn’t attack him personally. They tried to catch him breaking one of their laws.
These leaders of the Jewish faith, opposing Jesus, stole their key to spiritual knowledge. They left the Jews without the grace and peace that are multiplied through the knowledge of God. By not knowing Jesus, they missed knowing God. They opposed him fiercely and would soon make sure he was silenced.
Father God, make me aware when I’m too full of myself and keeping people from knowing your love. Give me the opportunity to tell others about Jesus so they can know You and experience Your grace, peace, and love. Thank you for loving me and my family and friends. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.