Bible Studies from Book of Matthew 15:1-20
This Bible lesson for study is loaded with guidelines of how we are to speak and act. What did Jesus say about purity?
Many of us become so concerned with going to church and being a “good Christian” that we forget the two most important commandments Christ gave ..
“.. Love God and love each other.”
Purity is not what we take in. It’s what we show in actions and words.
Jesus explains this to the Pharisees in Scripture from Matthew – but they didn’t want to hear it.
Tradition & the Ten Commandments: What Did Jesus Say about Purity?
Then some Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, “Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders?
For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.”
And He answered and said to them, “Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?
For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and, ‘He who speaks evil of father or mother is to be put to death.’
But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever I have that would help you has been given to God,” he is not to honor his father or his mother.’
And by this you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition.
You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you:
‘This people honors Me with their lips,
But their heart is far away from Me.
‘But in vain do they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’”
After Jesus called the crowd to Him, He said to them, “Hear and understand.
It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.” – Matthew 15:1-11 NASB
Yes – We Need to Be Regulated
An old saying in the computer world says GIGO. It means;
Garbage in – Garbage out!
Look at the world today. We live in a society. That society needs tradition along with rules and regulations to survive.
Think what the world would be like without them — Chaos!
The same was true in Jesus’ time. Order had to be maintained to sustain a civilization.
The Jews returned from Babylon and immediately tried to piece their lives back together by establishing governing bodies.
Enter: The Pharisees
The teachers of the law took the Testament of God and started adding by-laws to Scripture in order to explain and interpret the meaning.
While doing so they inadvertently established rules for every aspect of Jewish life and called it the word of God.
“Honor Your Father and Mother”
According to these laws, a Jewish person could take away money set aside for their parents welfare – if they gave it as an offering to the Most High.
So, giving to God (which is something we all should do) was done at the expense of neglecting the parents, thereby breaking the commandment of “Honor thy mother and thy father.“.
A footnote: Some scholars tell us the Pharisees were not giving this money to the Synagogue either, but were using it themselves.
Giving to the church could be a good “alibi”, couldn’t it?
How about us?
Do we sometimes get so involved in “doing for God” that we forget to do for each other?
Jesus was asked the question in Matthew 22:36-40 about the two greatest commandments ..
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments”. – NASB
So, give to the Lord but give also to your neighbors and family. Then, and only then will we be true followers of Christ.
Pure Food for Thought
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The next time we open our mouths to speak let’s think about how many people are watching – and hearing our words.
God knows what is in our hearts, and the words of our mouth will reflect who we are in our relationship with Him.
Love In Christ
If you would like to learn how to accept Christ, please take a moment to read John 3:16 for more information.