Luke 11:52 “Woe to you lawyers ! For you have taken away the key of knowledge; you yourselves did not enter, and you hindered those who were entering.”

Luke11:52 The experts in religious law were effectively locking people out of God’s Kingdom. Their rejection of Jesus and emphasis on their petty demands had the effect of making them unable to enter the Kingdom and then preventing those who might otherwise want to enter. Anyone who might have gotten in through a saving relationship with God was stopped short by their erroneous interpretations of Scripture and their added man-made rules. Then, as they prided themselves in their “understanding,” they themselves missed God’s message. Caught up in a religion of their own making, they could no longer lead the people to God. They had closed the door of God’s love to the people and had thrown away the keys.

—Life Application Concise New Testament Commentary

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