Do Not Ignore the Weightier Stuff

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 2:23-39.
Jesus accused the scribes and Pharisees of taking the time to strain out a gnat, but of then carelessly swallowing a camel (Matthew 23:24). What did they do exactly? He said, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith” (v. 23a). Which are greater, the first three (mint, anise, and cummin) or the last three (justice, mercy, and faith)? If you are not sure, answer this question. Do you want people to carefully pay out to you every penny or treat you with respect? We all want both, which is why Jesus also said, “These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone” (v. 23b).
Do you treat others as you wish to be treated?

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