All "Churched Out" With Tradition
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Delivered By
Pastor Ed Dinkins
Delivered On
March 10, 2013
Central Passage
Matthew 15:1-9
Second Sunday Service

The following commentary is taken from the The Life Application Study Bible - Verse Summaries for Matthew 15: 1-9:

   v1:  "The scribes and Pharisees came from Jerusalem, the center of Jewish authority, to scrutinize Jesus' activities.  Over the centuries since the Jews' return from Babylonian captivity, hundreds of religious traditions had been added to God's laws.  The scribes and Pharisees considered them all equally important.  Many traditions are not bad in themselves.  Certain religious traditions can add richness and meaning to life.  But we must not fall into the trap of assuming that because our traditions had been practiced for years they should be elevated to a sacred standing.  God's principles never change, and His law doesn't need additions.  Traditions should help us understand God's laws better, not become laws themselves.

    v9: The Pharisees knew alot about God, but they didn't know God.  It is not enough to study about religion or even to study the Bible.  We must respond to God Himself by establishing and maintaining a personal relationship with Him.  Traditions do not translate into intimate relationships with Christ - often times, traditions take away the necessary  time and focus that is needed to build a relationship with Christ.  Nothing, including traditions, should ever come before our relationship with Christ.  

     v9:Let us not forget that just as the prophet Isaiah also criticized hypocrites (Isaiah 29:13) - Jesus applied his words to these religious leaders.  When we claim to honor God while our hearts are far from Him, our worship means nothing.  It is not enough to act religious.  Our actions and attitudes must be sincere.  If they are not, Isaiah's words also describe us."

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