The word for “woe” in Greek is to express grief and the way it is used in verse 27, the grief is what the scribes and Pharisees will feel after their death in hell because of their hypocrisy. The reason the religious leaders were condemned by the Lord is because they were sending people to hell even though they knew the Scriptures.
God’s grace came in the form of the person of Jesus Christ. The word “grace” means God’s kindness and mercy to give us a way out of our sins. Once a person dies in their sins, it is all over. Sin is what makes you guilty and death is one’s judgment. As long as a person is living, there is still time, all hope is not lost.
What happened to Jesus’ disciples can happen to anyone of us if we don’t see the context of what we are either reading or hearing something being explained to us. Jesus was teaching His disciples to be careful of the Pharisees false teachings through their traditions that they added to the Scriptures. Jesus’ followers didn’t pay attention that He was talking about religious leader’s teaching which automatically makes the word leaven to be spiritual and not literal.
Something extraordinary happened when Jesus went up to the mountain with three of His disciples. Two men showed up to Jesus on the mountain from heaven. Moses and Elijah. Moses and Elijah have meanings and so does Jesus. All three were revealing a completion of God’s revelation.
Every Christian should make sure that there is nothing occultic in their homes. Even things that might seem innocent could be an item that is used for devil worship.
The phrase “One who walks” refers to one’s commitment on living his/her life according to God’s standard. The word “righteously” means to live or to make it your goal to imitate the life of Jesus Christ as told in the New Testament. Even what comes out of our mouths must be sprinkled with love and grace which is [kindness].
Shepherds can be attributed to any believer who are leading people to Jesus Christ for salvation. It has to be the Jesus of the Scriptures not the one that the false religions preach. To be after God’s heart is to know the truth and teach the people what the Bible says and means.