Written by Shelena Griffiths
Matthew 23:13 “But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.”KJV
A key (kleida) helps to unlock knowledge (gnōseōs). There are those in the Christian community who are wolves leading the sheep to the slaughter. These wolves or false leaders express an evil interpretation of the Holy Scriptures and hindered spiritual growth for the body of Christ.
The true key (method of understanding) has been taken away from the sheep (laity), which makes the traditions of men with the word of God useless. Leaving the people of God ignorance according to Luke 11:52:
“Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.”.
Commentary by Pulpit for Luke 11:52
The Talmud gives us the clue to the Master’s words of bitter reproach here. There were very many, in that restless age of inquiry, waiting for the consolation of Israel, who longed to enter into the real meaning of psalm and prophecy; but the scribe, the lawyer, and the doctor, with their strange and unreal interpretations, their wild and fantastic legends, their own often meaningless additions, effectually hindered all real study of the Divine oracles. The Talmud – in the form we now possess it – well represents the teaching of these schools so bitterly censured by the Lord.
They couldn’t even get past the gate of praise with all of the modern-day programs offered to the people. If you are reading this, you have a chance to think about what I’m saying to you. 2 Timothy 2:15 states, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”“ How can you if the food or false interpretation of scripture you are ingesting are in error – on purpose to manipulate you? Learning is the principal thing that you need to do God’s commands.
They are shutting you from the true kingdom of heaven, and stopping you from entering into the holiest place where you do have access to God. Worship God correctly – in spirit and truth! Don’t let the leaders take way a free and reverential study of the meaning of the sacred Books with entertainment.
Note: Greek Words for key is kisleida and knowledge is gnōseōs.
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