By Jeremy Weaver
Here’s the outline of the last Sunday School lesson I preached taught at a Church of which I was a member. May God use the memory of it to bring repentance.
Introduction: Jesus spent much of His time either confronting legalists in His day or warning His disciples about the dangers of legalism. Although there are many more, in these verses we find three marks of legalism, and the reasons they are poison to Christianity.
I. Burdening Men
A. The act of burdening men
B. The inaction concerning the bearing of the burdens
II. Building Tombs
A. The murder of the prophets
B. The burial place of the prophets
C. The punishment for this sin
III. Blinding Sinners
A. The key of knowledge
B. A locked door
C. Hindering those who would enter
Conclusion:The sin of this Church is the same as the sin of the Pharisees and Lawyers. We have taken away the clear preaching of the Scriptures by focusing details. While the legalists in Jesus day were looking at the letter and missing the message, the legalists among us are looking at the translation and missing the message. We have burdened men with a translation that we ourselves have trouble understanding. We have taken the work of the Reformers and Puritans in giving us God’s Word in our language and dishonored their memory by taking away the pure and clear meaning of Scripture and hiding it under a grave of beautiful, archaic language. We have taken the key of knowledge away from poor uneducated sinners who would desire to enter into God’s rule, and put them under our rule, hindering them from entering the Kingdom of God. May God grant us mercy.