Commandments and Traditions

He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.  Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.  For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.  And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

Mark 7:6-9

The scribes and Pharisees had a problem with the disciples eating bread without first washing their hands.  While the disciples maybe should have been washing their hands before eating, it wasn’t something that the Pharisees should have been finding fault with.

Jesus could see their hearts and, after calling them hypocrites, gave them these scathing assessments: “This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me,”  “…laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men…”  and “Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep you own tradition.”

The scribes and Pharisees had become so wrapped up in their traditions, opinions and habits that they had gone so far as to reject the commandments of the Lord.  They probably hadn’t consciously rejected His commandments, but had just brushed them aside over the years in favor of their own traditions.

This is something that we need to be watching in our own lives.  If we have been Christians for several years, sometimes the line between things that are actually in the Bible and things that we just like or get used to starts to become blurred.  As that line becomes blurred, we start valuing our own opinion over God’s Word.  Then we are in the dangerous position that these hypocrites were in.  We are in danger of outward worship with no heart, and that is a place none of us want to be.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you so much Ben, for the warning and encouragement to honor God and His word over our own thoughts, traditions and opinions. God bless you as you faithfully keep sharing Jesus with us!

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