“Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering.” Luke 11:52
The religious leaders’ role was to explain the Scriptures to those with limited access and literacy. However, they made Scripture difficult to understand and impossible to apply. The Amplified Bible adds, “by your flawed interpretation of God’s word and your man-made tradition.” The role of pastors and teachers is to make God’s Word easy to understand and apply without adding unnecessary traditions and using jargon that isn’t widely known.