Ah history. I do love it. And I mean that totally seriously, I’m not being facetious, the context and background of things really is useful- especially in this case. (Beside it just being really interesting on its own. So many factions, trying to be in charge!)
That being said, I don’t have a lot to say about it. This jumped out at me, because it’s been on my mind recently:
“The religion of the time was a matter of ceremony and formality, of ritual and performance; it had lost the very spirit of worship…”. I’m in the process of trying to sort out how to make my church going experience more worship-full. I think it’s interesting that it’s such a easy trap to fall into- putting the ritual before the God it’s supposed to honor. It ties into another thing that stood out to me, that the Pharisees and Sadducees were basically making a false idol out of the law, to such a degree that they didn’t recognize the Christ the law was pointing toward. I’ll be pondering that tomorrow as I sit in Sacrament meeting, trying to get Z to be quiet- will I be shushing her because “you’re supposed to be reverent in Sacrament meeting”, or will I be actively helping her learn about Jesus?
What stood out to you?