RE Verse reading–Matthew 23 (day three) “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; therefore all that they tell you, do and observe.” (vs 2-3) This will require some careful thought. Jesus regularly broke the traditions of the elders. He ignored their legalism and treated the rules that they had superadded to the Mosaic law with disdain. Given this example, what did the Lord mean when He told the disciples (and us by extension) to obey them? The key is the word therefore. Because they had taken the chair of Moses (a place with teaching authority), to the extent that they communicated what Moses taught, the disciples were to obey. God establishes all authority. (Romans 13) It is His normal will for us to live in submission. Even illegitimate and hypocritical authority has binding power in our lives, unless and until it runs contrary to the word and will of God. Then, we answer a higher call.