Gnat Strainers and Camel Swallowers
“You blind guides, which strain out a gnat and swallow a camel” —Matthew 23:24
This is a rather interesting verse in Matthew’s Gospel. Have you ever thought about what Jesus meant in this saying?
I was studying this small text and was quite amazed at its depth and meaning. Jesus painted a picture with His words, as He usually did, with this strong rebuke to the Pharisees. Jesus didn’t spare words when He described the Pharisees as “hypocrites,” “serpents,” “vipers,” “blind guides” and even “fools.” What brought about this rebuke to the religious leaders of that day?
For one, the Pharisees majored on the minor and minored on the major. Secondly, they believed they had a corner on the spiritual marketplace. Jesus, not so kindly, tells them other wise. The Pharisees appeared to be the spiritual guru and sneered their nose at anyone who didn’t see it their way. Granted, they went above and beyond the Law, but left zero room for God’s Grace. So Jesus paints a portrait with gnat straining and camel swallowing.