Mark 7:1–13 (ESV)
Traditions and Commandments
Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, 2 they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. 3 (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their
hands properly, holding to the tradition of the elders, 4 and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.)
5 And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” 6 And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written,
“ ‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me;
7 in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’
8 You leave the commandment
of God and hold to the tradition of men.”
9 And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor
your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ 11 But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban” ’ (that is, given
to God)— 12 then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, 13 thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.”
remember when I was a kid, we would get our group together to play on the playground and along comes more kids. Someone would cry out “Tick tock, the game is locked, nobody else can play.” I also remember that when you were winning,
someone would change the rules which quite often ended the game with hurt feelings. Well... some kids never grew up. The Pharisees, who liked the law, added to the law... making “man made” laws and rules along side of God made laws.
The Pharisees are arguing with Jesus over “man made” laws. Jesus simply takes them back to “God’s Law.” Jesus basically tells them how can you quibble over man made laws, yet turn your back on God’s Law.
This is hypocritical. The Lutheran Study Bible states “Such hypocrisy still abounds, as most people worry more about human opinions than what God thinks. Given our own failures in this regard, it is a good thing that the Lord not only commands
in His Word, but also graciously forgives and promises goodness.”
I pray: O Lord, Help me to live a God pleasing life instead of a man pleasing life. Help me to focus on your Word and not
get bogged down in man made words. Help me to live for you and not based on the opinion of others. Forgive me Lord and restore me. Amen.