Manna in the Morning, Tradition.

July 22, 2009

Manna in the Morning

07-23-09

Mark 7:9, “And he said unto them, Full well do ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your tradition.”

            The Pharisees continued to harass Jesus because they knew He was a real threat to the hold the Pharisees had on the religious worship of the people because of their tradition and dependence upon the ancient decisions by the Scribes and Pharisees, instead of adhering strictly to the Scriptures as God had intended them to be written.  In this passage Jesus is responding to the question, “Why don’t your disciples obey the traditions of the elders?”  Not following tradition is not a sin, while obeying tradition and not obeying the scripture is sinful. 

            The disciples had eaten some grain while passing a field, rolled it in their hands to ‘thresh’ it then ate the kernels.  Tradition said they should ceremonially wash their hands first and wash the grain.  These dietary laws were given in Leviticus to make the people of Israel a unique people but the Pharisees used the omission to fault Jesus as their leader and teacher.  Jesus continued to dialogue with the Pharisees.  It is nothing from the outside, like a little grime or dirt, that will defile a man before God, but it is the thoughts and lusting of the heart within him being perceived through his thoughts, actions and words that defile a person’s heart and lead him into sin.  The religious leaders could not understand this, they were so focused on obeying an outward legalistic system that, in all honesty, enslaved all who tried to live within the law as it was interpreted by the scribes and other scholars.  Jesus emphasized the thoughts within the mind of a Christian are, in the eyes of God, equal to the deed.  To greedily envy a neighbor’s house or property to the extent you have to have one just like it, is equal to the theft of the item, because your desire for that object placing it in a position higher than your love for God Himself. 

            Our gracious Heavenly Father, we ask you to make us less aware of the traditions of men and more attentive to the words of Scripture.  Keep our full attention focused on you as we go through this day, we ask in Jesus’ name.

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