Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keeps the law? Why go you about to kill me?…
Here is administered a rebuke to the injustice and peril of making the apparent inconsistencies of Christians the apology for delay in beginning a religious life.
I. THE INJUSTICE OF JUDGING THE MERE APPEARANCE OF OTHERS.
1. One cannot always know the actual facts as to another's inconsistent behaviour.
2. Nor the balances of better behaviour behind it.
3. Nor the unseen spiritual struggle against it.
4. Nor the penitence and prayer which may have followed it.
II. The peril of hiding behind the mere appearance of others.
1. It is itself inconsistent; would men follow Christians who are correct?
2. It is evasive: men only mean to stop appeal.
3. It is illogical: it pays the highest compliment to real religion.
4. It is unreasonable: men know they are independently responsible to God.
5. It is unsafe: it shows men they know the right way of living when they criticize what is inconsistent with it.
(Charles S. Robinson, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?