Bible: Matthew 15:1-20

Breaking Human Traditions

15:1 Then Pharisees 1  and experts in the law 2  came from Jerusalem 3  to Jesus and said, 4  15:2 Why do your disciples disobey the tradition of the elders? For they don’t wash their 5  hands when they eat.” 6  15:3 He answered them, 7 And why do you disobey the commandment of God because of your tradition? 15:4 For God said, 8 Honor your father and mother 9  andWhoever insults his father or mother must be put to death.’ 10  15:5 But you say, ‘If someone tells his father or mother, “Whatever help you would have received from me is given to God,” 11  15:6 he does not need to honor his father.’ 12  You have nullified the word of God on account of your tradition. 15:7 Hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied correctly about you when he said,

15:8This people honors me with their lips,

but their heart 13  is far from me,

15:9 and they worship me in vain,

teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ 14 

True Defilement

15:10 Then he called the crowd to him and said, 15 Listen and understand. 15:11 What defiles a person is not what goes into the mouth; it is what 16  comes out of the mouth that defiles a person.” 15:12 Then the disciples came to him and said, “Do you know that when the Pharisees 17  heard this saying they were offended? 15:13 And he replied, 18 Every plant that my heavenly Father did not plant will be uprooted. 15:14 Leave them! They are blind guides. 19  If someone who is blind leads another who is blind, 20  both will fall into a pit.” 15:15 But Peter 21  said to him, “Explain this parable to us.” 15:16 Jesus 22  said, “Even after all this, are you still so foolish? 15:17 Don’t you understand that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach and then passes out into the sewer? 23  15:18 But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these things defile a person. 15:19 For out of the heart come evil ideas, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 15:20 These are the things that defile a person; it is not eating with unwashed hands that defiles a person.” 24 

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