You have taken away the key of knowledge The scribes and the Pharisees pride themselves as conversant in the Mosaic Law. They have taken their seat on the chair of Moses (Mt 23:1). As such, they hold the “key of knowledge,” as expert interpreters of the Law in ordinary life. Jesus recognizes this and tells the people to observe all things these teachers tell them. But not their example! They preach but do not practice what they preach (Mt 23:3).
The true test of religion is the actual living of its tenets. It is “to walk the talk.” In Israel, it is, above all, to follow the teachings of the prophets to do justice and to walk humbly in the presence of the Lord. It is to defend the poor, the widow, and the orphans.
Jesus condemns especially those who have the “key of knowledge” who love honor, who impose heavy burden on the people, and who plot to destroy Jesus, the very Wisdom of God. They cannot wash their own guilt by building memorials of the prophets.
GOSPEL • LUKE 11:47-54
The Lord said: “Woe to you who build the memorials of the prophets whom your fathers killed. Consequently, you bear witness and give consent to the deeds of your ancestors, for they killed them and you do the building. Therefore, the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send to them prophets and Apostles; some of them they will kill and persecute’ in order that this generation might be charged with the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who died between the altar and the temple building. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be charged with their blood! Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter.” When Jesus left, the scribes and Pharisees began to act with hostility toward him and to interrogate him about many things, for they were plotting to catch him at something he might say.
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