Matthew Lesson 16 Day 2

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Matthew Lesson 16 Day 2

Matthew 15:1-9; Mark 7:1-13

Jesus confronts the hypocrisy of the scribes and Pharisees.

3a) Traditions of men

“The Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem”
“An official delegation came from Jerusalem to investigate and assess the words and work of this man Jesus.”(1)

Their accusation—”They (Jesus’ disciples) do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” This wasn’t about hygiene. The religious officials were offended that the disciples did not observe the rigid, extensive rituals for washing before meals.(1)

Many ancient Jews took this tradition of the elders very seriously. “The Jewish Rabbi Jose saith, He sinneth as much who eateth with unwashen hands, as he that lieth with a harlot.” (Poole)

Jesus answered them with a question, “And why do you break the commandment of God, for the sake of your tradition?” Matthew 15:3

He went on to point out an example of how the Pharisees were hypocrites because they allowed people to disobey God’s word by creating a loophole. It just so happens, the loophole enriched the temple coffers, directly benefiting the Pharisees who were priests.

Jesus said that this and many other examples proved the Pharisees held their own traditions in higher regard than God’s commands.

4) Exodus 20:12; Mark 7:11-13; Ephesians 6:1-3

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12

Misuse of God’s law Jesus exposes.

The obligation to care for aging parents who are poor takes precedence over all other obligations. There should be no loophole that allows someone the freedom to let their parents starve.

Avoid those who push their traditions, programs, and institutions instead of doing what pleases God. Isaiah 58:6-9 comes to mind.

5a) Primary message

Jesus quoted from Isaiah 29:13:

And the Lord said:
“Because this people draw near with their mouth
    and honor me with their lips,
    while their hearts are far from me,
and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men,”

b)  I’m in danger of honoring God with my lips when I’m impressed by, believe in, and follow after things that don’t please God.

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