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Matthew 15:12-14

Matthew 15:12–14 (ESV): 12 Then the disciples came and said to him, "Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?" 13 He answered, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. 14 Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit." 

The Lord is faithful to offend the religious zealot who holds tradition above the Word of God. Beware, God will not honor man-centered rules that make a man a slave to legalism.

The Pharisees asked Jesus why His disciples broke the tradition of the elders by refusing to ceremonially wash their hands before they ate. Jesus replied, "why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?" He goes on to declare that what goes into the mouth doesn't defile a person, but what comes out. The Pharisees were offended by this because Jesus had pointed out that they were rejected by God as leaders. They are uprooted plants and blind guides because they held to tradition above God's Word.

Have you ever been confronted by God for holding a tradition above His Word? It's called legalism and it's a means by which some believe they are made righteous. Following rules can't wipe away your defilement Christian. We must be washed in the blood of Christ and that alone makes us righteous. Don't fall for some tradition of man that is esteemed above the Word. Listen to the Words of Jesus and trust in Him alone, amen?

Father, thank You for washing us in the blood of the Lamb and renewing us with Your Word. May we never hold any tradition above Your Word. Keep us free and followers of Your divine plan we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
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