Bible: Matthew 15:1-9

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 

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