I diverge a moment to ask you what is the key to knowledge, the key to which Jesus refers when He scolds “the Pharisees, the experts of the law?” Jesus tells us these experts in the law take away the key to knowledge, essentially hiding it from those who are desperately hoping to enter the kingdom of God. The Pharisees not only fail to enter the kingdom, they prevent others from doing so as well. They prevent this by “taking away the key to knowledge.” (Luke 11:52, NIV)
Jesus says, “See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.” (Luke 11:35) He says, “Give what is inside [the dish] to the poor, and everything is clean for you.” (Luke 11:41) He says, “Hear the Word of God and obey it.” (Luke 11:28) He says, “Acknowledge Me before men.” (Luke 12:8) He says, ‘Be “rich toward God.”‘ (Luke 12:21) He says, “Be dressed ready for service.” (Luke 12:35) He says, “Judge for yourselves what is right.” (Luke 12:57) He warns, “But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” (Luke 13:3) He says, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, try to enter and are not able to.” (Luke 13:24)
Jesus warns He often says, “I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from Me, you evildoers.” (Luke 13:27) He says, “Indeed there are those who are last who are first, and first who are last.” (Luke 13:30)
Father God, humble our hearts. Make Your face to shine on ours, and grant us Your Light. In Jesus’ Name, amen.