Saturday, October 29, 2011

Jesus' Most Ignored Teaching: "Do Whatever They Tell You" (Matt 23:2-3) (Podcast on the Sunday Readings)

Matthew 23 (the lectionary reading from the Gospel this Sunday) contains Jesus' condemnation of the Pharisees. However, it also contains one of the most overlooked passages in Scripture. Speaking of the scribes and Pharisees Jesus says, "The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; 3 so practice and observe whatever they tell you. . ." (Matt 23:2-3). Of course, Jesus goes on to complain that the Pharisees are hypocrites.

The part that is overlooked however is that Jesus recognizes a binding teaching authoritative office without attributing to it sinlessness.

Notably, Jesus' description of Peter's role in Matthew 16 echoes his description of the Pharisees. For more, listen to the podcast on the Sunday readings below.

Here are my thoughts on it all.

Podcast: "Jesus' Shocking Words About the Pharisees in Matthew 23")(31st Sunday Ordinary Time, Cycle A) [right click to download]

During the podcast I mentioned some of the parallels between Jesus' teaching and the rabbis. Here is some more on that.


Nick said...

John 2:5
λέγει ἡ μήτηρ αὐτοῦ τοῖς διακόνοις: ὅ τι ἂν λέγῃ ὑμῖν, ποιήσατε.

rob said...

The context of this passage is not to do what the Pharisees say to do. It is to do what the scrolls say that they read to you. The chair of Moses is what Y'shua is upholding authority of, he opened up his ministry by sitting in that chair when he read from Isaiah. All the apostles also read Moses and the writings from this chair.