“Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?” (Matt. 15:12)“This” is referring to Jesus’ previous statement, when responding to the Pharisees’ questioning Jesus about washing their hands.
“Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots."What does the symbolism mean? The plant that the Supreme Being did not plant symbolizes the Pharisees here. They were not "planted" by God because they were appointed to their posts by men. They were holding ecclesiastical positions that were given to them by councils among the Jewish ecclesiastical institution.
They were not empowered by the Supreme Being - and thus they have no real authority.
This lack of real authority is being compared to being pulled up by the roots because they have no real foundation. Their foundation is faulty - it is based upon a hierarchical institution that is organized around giving power to those in the leadership positions. Thus this organization - and other ecclesiastical sects among the different religious philosophies - is not representing the Supreme Being.
"Leave them; they are blind guides."Jesus is telling his students not to be concerned about the opinions of these ecclesiastical Pharisees. They have no real authority. They might have some authority with respect to the physical world - given to them by others focused upon their own power - but this is not permanent power or authority. This is temporary.
Even the most powerful kings and emperors all died, and their power was taken away. At their deathbed they no longer were able to control anything because others were already taking their power away. Once they passed from the physical body - that power was gone.
This means that power and authority given by the physical world is not permanent. For this reason, Jesus is dismissing the Pharisees and teachers, because they are blind.
Is Jesus saying they are physically blind? No. He is saying they are spiritually blind. They are not able to see the Supreme Being's existence all around them. They are not able to see how the physical world has been arranged by the Supreme Being. And because of this, they would be considered blind.
Ones spiritual vision becomes blinded by desires for fame, wealth, sensual pleasure and respect.
Furthermore, Jesus is speaking of those who are pretending to represent God but are only representing institutions organized to promote a self-serving agenda of power and authority - the desire to have many followers and take advantage of those followers.
And it is for this reason that these "blind guides" are focused upon the various rituals and regulations made up by men that do not reflect God’s will and intentions:
"'They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.' You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions." (Mark 7:8-9)Those who think they can organize and control people through the use of organized institutions with many rules do so because they have no faith in God's control over the situation. They think the situation is not in control and they need to organize things.
This is what took place in the Fourth century by Constantine as he organized the beginning of the Roman Catholic with the Synod of Nicaea. He was trying to organize things so he could exert more control over Europe and the Middle East. He may have made it sound like it was an altruistic endeavor - but it was all about his own power and authority.
This objective to exert control and power continued throughout the Roman Catholic church through the centuries, and splintered off with the various sects. These sectarian institutions are trying to create authority from men: They have no real authority. And because of this, the supposed authority they have will be temporary - just as the authority of the Pharisees was temporary.
Jesus' authority is permanent. Jesus' authority comes from the Supreme Being, and this is why his powerful teachings continue to this day: Because they have real authority.
(For a translation of Jesus' statements from the Book of Matthew without institutional sectarian influence, see the Gospels of Jesus - translated from the original Greek texts.)