“Traditions of Men”
“Traditions of Men”
Jesus was teaching the Kingdom.
Jesus was healing the sick and diseased.
The people were flocking to Jesus…to hear…to receive.
What could be wrong with this?
What could go wrong?
We of course, you know that the religionists would show up… just as they do today…
The Pharisees and some of the scribes gathered around Him
when they had come from Jerusalem,
and had seen that some of His disciples were eating their bread with impure hands,
that is, unwashed.
(For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they carefully wash their hands, thus observing the traditions of the elders;
and when they come from the market place, they do not eat unless they cleanse themselves; and there are many other things which they have received in order to observe, such as the washing of cups and pitchers and copper pots.)
The Pharisees and the scribes asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat their bread with impure hands?”
The Pharisees and scribes had traveled from Jerusalem.
To see what Jesus was doing? Likely.
They apparently gave little heed to the healing.
They gave no attention to the teaching of the Kingdom.
They were distracted by what they saw of Jesus’ disciples.
The disciples did not wash their hands properly.
“Properly” according to what?
The traditions of the elders.
The Pharisees and “all the Jews" washed carefully according to the traditions of the elders.
Not according to the Word of the Lord.
Yes, the traditions of the elders was “based upon the Word”, but it added much to the Word.
But, it did not stop with washing.
They observed many other things…many other things they were commanded to do…washing of cups, pitchers, copper pots, etc.
The Pharisees and scribes saw their opportunity.
They demanded of Jesus to know why His disciples did not “walk according to the tradition of the elders…”?
The same occurs today.
The “church” is consumed with the “traditions of the elders”.
Remember, the traditions of God are good.
Now I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold firmly to the traditions,
just as I delivered them to you.
The traditions of man are not necessarily the traditions of God.
“Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.”
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception,
according to the tradition of men,
according to the elementary principles of the world,
rather than according to Christ.
Do not neglect the commandment of God.
See to it…a commandment!… that you are not taken captive by the traditions of men.
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