Then the disciples came and said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this statement?” But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant will be uprooted. Leave them alone; they are blind guides of blind people. And if a person who is blind guides another who is blind, both will fall into a pit.”

Have you ever tried to find your way through the dark? Or guided somewhere while blindfolded? Now imagine the person guiding your way was also blindfolded. In that case, it isn’t likely either of you will make it to your destination.

This was the picture Jesus painted of the Pharisees. They were blind to the truth of the gospel—blind to what it meant to truly know God. And these were the religious leaders of the day! They were the blind trying to lead the blind. Jesus knew what was ultimately in store for them: destruction. They were not ever truly planted by God, so they would be uprooted. Their true nature would eventually be known.

The Pharisees’ legalism would not lead them to eternity with God. Their religiosity would not merit them heavenly reward. Their works were meaningless without hearts that truly sought God. Jesus looked on them with pity, but they didn’t have ears to hear and understand. What a pity it would be to find our churches to be gathering places for the blind to lead the blind. We need nothing short of the Spirit of God to give us eyes that truly see and ears that hear and understand. Otherwise, we’ll spend our lives looking the part of a Christian, but only fumbling around in the dark. Legalism is a poor substitute for a living, breathing relationship with Jesus. May we hear the words of Jesus and be freed from the need to meet our own standards or those of others, and instead follow Him with all our hearts.

  • What have you been blind to in your own relationship with the Lord? Who are you letting guide you?
  • Where do you need fresh eyes and fresh ears to follow Jesus in obedience? Where do you need to lay down your own legalistic tendencies?
  • Ask the Lord to give you eyes to see and ears to hear and understand. Ask Him to keep you from following blindly the ways and people of this world.