It may come as a surprise to you that I was one of those kids who got into trouble a lot at school, but what I learnt over the years was how to talk my way out of trouble. I would find some way to explain why the particular rule I had broken didn’t really apply to me, or that I hadn’t really broken it at all, usually by defining the rule in very narrow terms.
I know I am not the only one. In our passage this week, Jesus addresses the Pharisees, who had also been trying to ‘talk their way out of trouble’, but Jesus could see right to their hearts. To obey Jesus is all about our heart posture.