I call upon You, Lord, God of Abraham and God of Isaac and God of Jacob and Israel, You who are the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God who, through the abundance of your mercy, was well-pleased towards us so that we may know You, who made heaven and earth, who rules over all, You who are the one and the true God, above whom there is no other God; You who, by our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, give to every one who reads this writing to know You, that You alone are God, to be strengthened in You, and to avoid every heretical and godless and impious teaching.

St Irenaeus of Lyons, Against the Heresies 3:6:4

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Cursed be the Blind Guides

In Matthew 15:14, wherein Jesus charges the Pharisees with leading the
"blind...into the ditch," he seems to be invoking the curse of Deuteronomy 27:18 on his opponents (cf. Lev 19:14). “Cursed be anyone who misleads a blind man on the road.' And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’”

Speaking, as he did, as the master Torah-expositor, to those who prided themselves as being teachers of the law, it seems certain that the connotations would have been unavoidably obvious to all involved.

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