Then said Jesus to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; 3 so practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practice
OK, so what do we do with it? Matt 23.1-5 perplexes me -- and most commentators.
It's one of the best verses to point to when Jews claim Jesus broke the Law.
I believe it also has to deal with divine authority; God has given His authority to the scribes for teaching; the people must obey their teaching.Which can be linked with Papal and episcopal authority; someone sat on Moses' seat, which denotes authority. The word for seat in Latin and Greek is "Cathedra" and "Kathedra", respectively in those languages. The Pope makes infallible statements "ex Cathedra" ("from the chair", I think).If I'm wrong, someone please correct.
Hmm. Strikes me as a back-handed compliment. Do not rebel against self-righteous legalistic leaders. Do what they say. Don't put your faith in those who are the blind leading the blind. Call a spade, a spade, do what they say, God will judge the heart. The Kingdom of God is not about Marxist rebellion, but rather transformation of the heart. Yes, this can apply to a Pope (doesn't have to, but it can.) A lot depends upon the heart, which only God can judge. Although, we can judge a tree by its fruit.That's my take on the verse.
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