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"More Conflict With The Pharisees"
- February 9, 2011
The Law of Moses, as enunciated in Deuteronomy, enjoined the Jewish community to honour and care for their aged parents. This was part of their written scripture. However, during Jesus‚Äôs time an oral convention had come into vogue, namely the use of the word qorban, ‚Äėsacrifice‚Äô as a formula for a sacred oath. A Jew therefore might say to his parents, ‚ÄúAnything of mine which could be used for your benefit is now set apart as a sacrifice for God.‚ÄĚ Thus, says Jesus, you Pharisees use a bogus oath to nullify the demands of Scripture and to let you off your responsibility for caring for your aged parents. You pretend you are offering a sacrifice to God, but actually you are disobeying one of God‚Äôs commandments.
In another place, Jesus firmly states that the love of God is love shown to one‚Äôs neighbour. And one‚Äôs neighbour is not someone related by kinship or geography. One‚Äôs neighbour is anyone who has need of help. No one has been more categorical than Jesus in this.