These verses record two encounters with the scribes and
Pharisees. What were the grounds of their growing opposition to
Jesus? And what were the truths and the principles that (as his
answers reveal) determined the actions of Jesus?
5:36–39. What happens when formal religion encounters the new
life that Jesus brings? How do the incidents in today’s passage
illustrate the truth of these verses? Cf. 1 Sam. 15:22; Heb. 10:8, 9.