A Warning - From Jesus
Jesus warns His disciples against the godless influence of the Pharisees. Their influence on people is classed along with the evil influence of Herod (Matthew 8:15). The Pharisees had become obsessed with the externals of religion but they had lost the awareness of God's glory. They conformed to the details (the kind of thing we find in Exodus 37-38), but they had missed the real meaning of worship - giving glory to God. To those who bound by an evil legalism, God's Word says, "Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler" (Proverbs 6:5). The freedom which Christ gives is not freedom without discipline. Scripture says, "Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!" (Proverbs 6:6).