Straining out a gnat, but swallowing a camel 

Jesus accused the scribes and Pharisees of straining out a gnat, but swallowing a camel (Matthew 23:24), and the following provides an excellent example,

“But the chief priests took the silver pieces and said, ‘It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because they are the price of blood’” (Matthew 27:6). 

It was okay, in their eyes, to pay Judas money to betray an innocent man to them that they might kill Him, but it was not lawful to take that money that Judas had returned and put it in the treasury. 

Where did they get the money? Did it not come out of the treasury? Why was it lawful to take the money out of the treasury to spill a man’s blood, but when the money was brought back, it was not lawful to put it back into the treasury? 

It is interesting what people think about the treasury, including church treasuries today, and all the restrictions they put upon it, such as we can receive money from anyone for the treasury, but we cannot help everyone from the treasury. 

Let us be consistent in all that we do, for someone said in truth, “O consistency, Thou art a jewel.” 

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