Tradition of men (Mark 7:1-13) | back
1Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem. One day some of the Jewish religious leaders came to Jesus to investigate Him.
2And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault. They noticed that some of His disciples did not follow the usual Jewish rituals before eating.
3For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders. The Jews, especially the Pharisees, would never eat without sprinkling their arms to the elbows as required by their ancient traditions.
4And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables. According to tradition, they come home from the market they must always sprinkle themselves in this way before they touch any food. Just like their ceremony of cleansing for pots, pans and dishes.
5Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands? The religious leaders asked Jesus why His disciples do not follow the age-old customs? Because they eat without first performing the washing ceremony.
6He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Jesus answered them saying; You bunch of hypocrites! Isaiah the prophet described you very well when he said, "These people speak pretty about the Lord, but they have no love for Him."
7Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Their worship is fake! They claim that God commands the people to obey their petty rules. Beware of churches that put you in bondage with a bunch of rules and regulations. The truth of Gods Word will set you free; not put you in bondage with rules, traditions and doctrines of men.
8For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. They ignore God's specific orders and substitute their own traditions.
9And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. You reject God's laws and keep your own traditions of men.
10For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death. Moses gave you the law to honor your father and mother. He said that anyone who speaks against his father or mother must die.
11But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free. But you say it is all right for a man to disregard his needy parents, telling them, Sorry, I can't help you!
12And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother. "For I have given to God what I could have given to you."
13Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye. So you break the law of God in order to protect your man made traditions. This is only one example. "There are many others." So it is in churches today with their denominational doctrines and traditions of men.