Daily Bible Podcast Day 058 – Numbers 21-23, Mark 6-7

December 28, 2012 in Podcasts by Nathan


“So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, ‘Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?’

He replied, ‘Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:

‘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.’

You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.'” ~Mark 7:5-8

Jesus is calling out the Pharisees for living according to human rules instead of God’s commands. The church, I think, is notorious for this. Too often our churches elevate human traditions far above the commands of God.

I don’t ever want to do this. Part of why I wanted to do this Bible project was so that I could better know what God’s commands are. Even though I don’t think I’m particularly a “slave” to tradition, I don’t want to have any habits that have been handed down that have either no purpose or a purpose that run counter to God’s. At the same time, I worry that I might throw away too many traditions for no good reason. Some traditions actually follow God’s commands.

Father, Your church and Your followers have many traditions. Some are useful and follow Your commands while others are not or do not. Help me and my church family to know which traditions are worth keeping and which should be thrown out because they are keeping us from following Your plan.

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Skip to toolbar