Yep, Jesus had serious issues… with the Pharisees! The dudes vexed him greatly. Mark 3:5 says … ‘he looked around at them in anger… deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts‘
Pharisees are people who focus on external compliance to a prescribed way of behavior. They are much more concerned about being seen to behave right, than about one’s motives or heart orientation. For them, faith is about compliance and control, as opposed to care and concern for others. They get so caught up with religious observances – the dos and the donts – what people are wearing, who they’re hanging out with, what they’re doing – that they forget this teeny weensy (but oh so important) thing…
The whole purpose of our faith is to help people love God with all their heart and love others. Period. It’s not about religion, its about relationship.
I don’t stay faithful to my wife primarily because that’s what husbands are meant to do. I do so because I love her dearly and would not do anything deliberately to cause hurt to her. It’s the same for my relationship with God. That’s why my purpose as a pastor is not to change people’s behavior. It’s to help them fall in love with their Creator. And then to step aside and let Him transform their heart. He’s much better at it than I could ever hope to be!
See my sweeties thought’s on her reading here