Daily Bible Podcast Day 327 – Matthew 14-16

September 23, 2013 in Podcasts by Nathan

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Scripture:
“You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:

‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
They worship me in vain;
their teachings are merely human rules.’” ~Matthew 15:7-9

Observation:
Jesus certainly does not seem to be a fan of the religious leaders and this exchange is no different. They have come to challenge Jesus about tradition, but Jesus lets them have it about breaking the commands of God for the sake of that tradition.

Application:
While I would like to think that I am better that the Pharisees, are there places where I am disobeying a command of God’s because of a tradition? Is my heart from God while my mouth honors Him.

Prayer:
Father, I know that tradition isn’t always bad, but can become so if merely repeated without examination. Help me to examine what I do, so that I won’t fall into forsaking Your commands for the sake of “how things have always been done.” Much of the church, and my job in the church, is surrounded with tradition. Help me to know what is contrary to Your will and give me the courage to effectively and lovingly oppose both it and those who would elevate it above Your commands.

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