Posted by: biblestudyseattle | March 15, 2016

Making the Word Void

“Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?”

He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:

‘This people honors Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’

For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men —the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.”

He said to them, All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.  For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’   But you say, ‘If a man says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban”—’ (that is, a gift to God),  then you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother, making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.”  Mark 7:5-13

 Therefore the Lord said:

“Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths
And honor Me with their lips,
But have removed their hearts far from Me,
And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men,”  Isaiah 29:13

The Jews have a tradition in synagogue wherein they read through the entire old testament through a yearly cycle of 54 readings, since there can be up to 54 Sabbaths in a leap year.  Many churches today read a scripture or three during a service.  Large swaths of scripture are never read in many churches and synagogues.  This is not how it’s supposed to be.  Instead the services are filled with tradition, much of which is not biblical in origin.

 

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