Missing the Forest for the Trees

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters 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.

Matthew 23:23-24

During Jesus’ earthly ministry, He showed kindness, mercy and compassion to many, many people.  He helped people with their problems, healed them of their diseases, and forgave their sins.  He had a heart for the multitudes and the sinners.  But He reserved His harshest words for the self-righteous Pharisees.  They were the great religious leaders of the day who rejected Jesus.

Here He tells the Pharisees that they are hypocrites, and then tells them why they are hypocrites.  They do all of the little things just right.  They dot their i’s and cross their t’s just so.  Outwardly, they keep the letter of the law down to the smallest detail.  But they “omit the weightier matter of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith.”

They’ve got their tithes of “mint and anise and cummin” down right, but they forgot those “little” things like judgment, mercy and faith.  They were the “perfumed pigs” of the day.  They looked good and smelled good, but they were rotten to their core.

How often have been so worried about dotting our “i’s” and crossing our “t’s” just right that we have left bigger things not done?  Now, we should try to dot our “i’s” and cross our “t’s” to the best of our ability.  But we should not do those smaller things to the detriment of the bigger things.

We can make our own applications to our own lives, but we definitely need to make sure that we do not act like these Pharisees in missing the forest for the trees.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Amen, Ben. Well said!

    We would be so much better off if we placed emphasis on the deserving …

    Thanks for sharing,

    Blessings,
    ann

    Reply

  2. Thank you Ben, for helping us with this! Praying for Him to apply it right now! God bless you as you write for Him!

    Reply

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