“Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered.”
– Luke 11:52
Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” The key to knowledge is God. The charge against the scribes was that they took away this key, but how? They were the ones responsible for rightly dividing God’s Word. They were the “learned class.” They were the copyists, editors, teachers of the Mosaic law. How then could they have this key of knowledge, never use it, and hinder others from using it? That begins to happen when we forget to seek His kingdom first while relying on our own understanding.
While the Pharisees and scribes were shocked that Jesus did not wash His hands in a prescribed way, the Lord was pointing out that He never prescribed this way. It was a man-made tradition never given to Moses by God, but because of its incessant practice over many years, man’s culture became more important than God’s Word. As a result of traditions and incorrect teaching, those who thought they were close to God by keeping a set of rules, were actually being separated from Him and not following Him at all.
If you are in a religion that has a prescribed set of rules, making you feel closer to God, you better look at it twice. God’s blessings do not ever come as a result of anything that I do, have done, or will ever do. Everything given to us by the Lord, including salvation, is done by His good grace! Religions and cults will always burden you with expectations. You will know you are right with the Lord when you realize He came down to you, not the other way around. That is the key! Do not let anyone hinder you from entering into the Kingdom of Heaven!
“God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.”
– Ephesians 2:8-10 (NLT)