What Does Jesus Think of Your Church Traditions? –Mark 7:6-8

 

Today’s Scripture Reading: John 6:22-71, Mark 7:1-23, Matthew 15:1-20

I’ve always gone to church. One of my earliest memories is being in church with my mom and brother. I’m in my 50s and I’ve only been a member of 5 different churches and 2 different denominations in all those years. I said that to say I’m not a fad chaser when it comes to choosing a church.

But, I’m sure there have been times when Jesus has included me in this message…

Jesus replied, “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, ‘these people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’ For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.” –-Mark 7:6-8

I can remember a time in my life when I literally thought that if I didn’t go to church 3 times a week I was going to miss Jesus when He returned. Now I know that was absolutely crazy; there’s nothing mentioned in God’s Word about how many times we go to church a week.

But, the Bible does say this…

And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.  –Hebrews 10:25

Why do we exchange God’s Word for the traditions of man?

Here are a few of my thoughts:

  • We don’t read God’s Word, so we don’t know the difference between Truth and traditions.
  • Human beings would rather have a list of dos and don’ts than to develop the discipline of meeting God daily through His Word and prayer.
  • It’s easier to follow a tangible person or doctrine than an intangible god.

What are your thoughts?

 

Lord, I want to follow You, not the traditions of man!

 

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Mark 7:24-30, Matthew 15:21-28, Mark 7:31-37, Matthew 15:29-31, Mark 8:1-10, Matthew 15:32-16:4, Mark 8:11-21, Matthew 16:5-12

 

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