Finding Fault

Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem.  And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.  For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.

Mark 7:1-3

Is there anything wrong with washing your hands?  I really don’t think that there is anything wrong with washing your hands.  In fact, I would probably say that washing your hands is a good thing.  I would recommend it, especially before eating.  I don’t think that the issue in these verses was hand washing.  It was the scribes and Pharisees doing anything they could to find any fault they could with Jesus and His disciples.

I heard it once said that there are some things we should be willing to die for, some things we should be willing to fight for, some things we should be willing to debate about, and some things that are just our opinions.  It is important for us to figure out which things fall into which category.

The Pharisees and scribes were fighting about things that should have been in the opinion category.  Washing your hands is a good idea.  But it’s not an important enough issue to “find fault” with someone over.  It’s not an important enough issue to condemn the Lord and His disciples over.

We need to be careful when we start “finding fault” with others.  There are some legitimate things with which we should “find fault.”  There are some things that we simply should not tolerate.  But we need to be very careful to separate the serious moral and doctrinal issues from the things that are simply our opinions and traditions.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you, Ben

    “But we need to be very careful to separate the serious moral and doctrinal issues from the things that are simply our opinions and traditions.”
    You have no idea …

    “I heard it once said that there are some things we should be willing to die for, some things we should be willing to fight for, some things we should be willing to debate about, and some things that are just our opinions. It is important for us to figure out which things fall into which category.”

    Lately there have been a series of discussions on various current events, and some times me can seem unwilling to separate ourselves from what is ‘right’, vs what we feel is right… I am thankful that judgement belongs to God and that He is the only One who gives the final yay or nay. My friend always says that Heaven will be a surprise when we show up and come face to face with many we had written off…

    Who are we to pass judgement on others?

    Blessings
    ann

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    • I agree. There are certain things that I do myself and that I might encourage others to do, but they are still just my opinions (good ones, in my opinion :). Sometimes it’s hard to separate the two. I think we need to stick as close to the Bible as possible and that will help us tremendously.

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  2. I have read several things about opinions lately and take away that in the end, our opinions won’t matter, but His truth and word will. I want to hold my opinions lightly and keep most of them to myself! God bless you Ben, as you separate what’s important from what is not, in His eyes!

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