“And Pharisees came to Him and put Him to the test by asking, Is it lawful and right to dismiss and repudiate and divorce one’s wife for any and every cause? He replied, Have you never read that He Who made them from the beginning made them male and female,” Matthew 19:3-4 ->me: When I was reading this passage the other day it struck me what Jesus said here – “Have you never read…?”. The Pharisees were probably some of the most Bible-Read people on the planet during Jesus time. What the Pharisees had done was conformed the scripture to their purposes rather than God’s true intention. This goes to the pride of these very religious men. The Pharisees were known for dictating law through the interpreted word of God toward their own edification. I know churches right here in our surrounding area who have spun God’s word in such a way that they claim supports a social issue or cultural shift. This is so very dangerous…and I have no hill to stand on. I can think of various passages where I ‘chose’ to take a certain viewpoint because the spirit of the passage felt unfair…well, this is me being no different that these Pharisees. It is easy to sit back and see Jesus smack down these religious leaders but I better take a step back and make sure the Lord isn’t trying to point something in His word that I am trying to massage into something more comfortable and fitting to the culture and society I live in.