Jesus has the number of the religious elites. They are constantly trying to trap him. They are constantly trying to undermine the message of God for the people trying to follow him.
Religious legalism is abhorrent to God. That isn’t what Jesus shows me I am to focus on.
I am warned. Am I a fraud? Being religious isn’t what Jesus is after. Jesus is clear. God commands obedience to the goal of love. That is the mission.
Here is what Jesus thinks.
Why do you use your rules to play fast and loose with God’s commands? God clearly says, ‘Respect your father and mother,’ and, ‘Anyone denouncing father or mother should be killed.’ But you weasel around that by saying, ‘Whoever wants to, can say to father and mother, What I owed to you I’ve given to God.’ That can hardly be called respecting a parent…
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