Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World


Matthew 15:13-14 But He answered and said “ Every plant which My Heavenly Father did not plant shall be  uprooted. Let them alone they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man both will fall into a pit.”
The fifteenth chapter of Matthew begins the start of real conflict with the Pharisees that  ultimately culminates with His crucifixion orchestrated by them.  Jesus has just been questioned by Pharisees that traveled from Jerusalem to confront Him about his teaching.  He is accused of breaking the tradition of the elders by not washing hands before eating. You see, the Pharisees had made man’s tradition higher than God‘s law. They had so many laws to keep, they had placed an unbearable load on the people of God. Jesus pointed out to the hypocritical Pharisees that they were breaking God‘s law through their traditions and not honoring even their own parents.  Jesus, who came to keep the law, lays bare their hypocrisy.

The disciples asked why Jesus confronted them because He offended them ( verse 12).  A person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs that they do not actually possess when confronted with the truth becomes indignant and is offended.  Verse 13 tell us  “Every plant which My Heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted.”  These Pharisees, like other people who pretend to be holy and religious but do not have any fruit are never really rooted in Christ and will ultimately receive judgment.  Jesus commands his disciples to leave them alone in verse 14. It does no good to argue with a hypocrite. If they have heard the gospel and they remain steadfast in hypocrisy it is best just to stay away and let the LORD deal with them. Instead pray that they may receive the gospel and yet be saved. We should always examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith. God wants our hearts to be His.  He doesn’t want play acting, he doesn’t want masks and hypocrites. Jesus will never turn away those who truly repent and ask for salvation. These verses in Matthew tell us what he thinks of those who pretend to know but do not.

Matthew Schneider