So true. I read this and thought, “This is the same justification the religious leaders in Jesus’ day used, ‘Well, the Law of Moses (or their Bible) says…’”
There’s this “John MacArthur Study Bible”. I don’t know much about John MacArthur, but apparently, he likes to kinda dilute stuff. I flipped open to Matthew 23, where, as everyone knows, Jesus climbs the turnbuckles, and goes off the top rope onto the religious teachers who thought they were big stuff. Or, at least, that’s what I thought:
“But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy loads and put them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.”
MacArthur says that doesn’t really catch it, though. Jesus really meant that religious teachers shouldn’t tie up loads that aren’t Bible-based and put them on people’s backs. Biblical loads? Go ahead.
Pile on all the “biblical” loads you want…but that was precisely the problem Jesus was addressing, wasn’t he?
From me to you, I am enjoying the light-burden of Jesus as I slowly remove the heavy burden of religious loads — biblical and non-biblical ones.