Matt 23:16) “Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!”
This woe which the Lord shared with the religious leaders of his time was a Woe of false vows. Thus, the Pharisees held that that they were not responsible to pay vows sworn by the temple or the altar (v17-19); but Jesus held that all vows must be paid and that the temple was greater than the parts of its materials and the altar was greater than the gift upon it. Thus, to put it in words that we can all understand, if we make a vow to God then we are expected to fulfill that vow. It’s better not to make a vow to God than to make it and not keep it. The Pharisees were more concerned about their material things and their heartless gifts than the things that were really important to God like keeping your word and obedience to God. Thus, as Christians today we really need to examine our life and the things which come out of our mouths because people will hold us accountable for those things whether we know it or not. Also, we need to be concerned about the things that really matter to God than all these superficial things. The things that matter to God are things like integrity, honesty, obedience and love. One of the things that’s most intriguing concerning the religious leaders of that day is that they only seem to love themselves, and if we only love ourselves we will never be able to lead God’s people in a Godly manner.
God Bless You