The Tradition of the Elders!!!
When the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” He answered and said to them,“Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God”—then he need not honor his father or mother.’ Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me,Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ”….. Matthew 15:1-9
Here we read of the Pharisees coming to Jesus simply to find fault with Him and His Disciples. There are some Christians like this great Bible scholars like the Pharisees who whenever they see someone they disagree with, they are always looking for faults in whatever we write, say or do. And most times, it is activated by Jealousy. The Pharisees were tremendously jealous of Jesus because He was so popular and His ministry is pulling more crowd then them. So they always want to look for something to tear Him down. There are lots of Pharisees like that today in the world. So let us take heed lest we fall under the category of people whom the Lord said to, ” Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?(Matt 23:33).
Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.”: The Tradition of the Elders was what was so important to the Pharisees and not the Word of God, not the Heart of God, not the Spirit of God. I find with so many Christians that this is the problem, “The Traditions of the Elders”. They say, “This is what we have believed in our Church from ancient ages. Our church started 100 years ago and this is what our Fathers have proclaimed and taught. This is what we believe!!!” But the question is, “Is this Tradition found in the Word of God?”. It is because Jesus broke the Traditions of the Elders that made them kill Him. They didn’t kill Jesus because He was washing the Disciples feet, they didn’t kill Him because He said, “Love your enemies”. They killed Him because He showed that the traditions of the Elders which contradicts the Word of God is rubbish and needs to the thrown away!!! The Traditions of Elders is something that Today’s Pharisees also value so much. And You can know if You are so if you respect and value Human traditions that has no scriptural foundation. Particularly where it contradicts the Scriptures. There are lot of traditions which has nothing to do with Scriptures, by all means, you can follow them but Traditions which contradicts the Scriptures, we must throw into the Trash can!!! There are lot of things in Christianity today that needs to be thrown away if you want to follow the Lord and if you don’t do that, You will not be able to follow the Lord instead You will be following the Traditions of the Elders. And one day when you stand before the Lord, You will discover that You didn’t obey God’s word but the traditions of the Your Church. Let us therefore be careful to compare Everything with the Scriptures lest We fall victim of it.
But Here, the tradition was that “They don’t sit to eat bread without washing their Hands” This is not just a Matter of Hygiene, it is a good thing to wash Your hands before eating but the Pharisees took washing of hands as a Ceremonial thing that if you don’t do it, then You have Sinned against God. Can you imagine!!! They made a Law for themselves and imposed it on others as God’s word.I Have seen People who have the Habits of waking very early in the morning to read their Bible and it became their Tradition and they want to impose it on others. And they make others that don’t read their Bible in the Morning to feel like they have Sinned against God. Reading the Bible in the Morning is very good Habit but we must not make it a Law for others. If they don’t have time in the Morning, they can do it in the night. There is no Command in the Bible that says, “Thou shall read Your Bible Early in the Morning” Be careful, Don’t make Your good habits become a Law for others. So the Pharisees had taken the Traditions of washing Hands before Eating Bread as a Law of God. And when they see anyone not doing it, they simply say that person is a transgressor of the Law of God.
He answered and said to them,“Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?: So Jesus replied them by showing them other areas where they are breaking God’s Laws with their Traditions. I perceive He was saying, “It is a Small thing that my Disciples are eating without washing their Hands Ceremonially as You do, but I will show You a more serious Matter that You guys have broken with your useless Traditions” so He gave them an example.
For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God”— then he need not honor his father or mother.’ Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition: We must always Compare what God Commanded and what others say. If what others say, no matter how great and spiritual they may be, no matter how many people attend their Church, no matter how long they have been in ministry, if what they say is not consistent with what God says, it must be Rejected!!! They are times I have had to say to Preachers Older than me that, “Am sorry Sir, I know You are Older than Me and More spiritual than Me and have been in ministry before I was born, but I can’t curse My enemies or pray that God should destroy them because it totally contradicts the Teachings of Jesus and His Apostles” And they use to say to Me, “Victor, You are still a Baby, You have not seen life, when enemies push You to the walls, You will curse them” Some even go to the extent of wishing Me Evil so that I can pray for the destruction of My enemies”. Can You imagine How Evil people can become because they want to preserve their Traditions which contradicts God’s word!!! So these Pharisees taught the Young people who needs to be supporting their parents financially to say to their Parents, “Am sorry, what I should have given to you, I have given it to God” Wow!!! What a Spiritual answer to give. Your Dad is in need, they hardly have anything to eat and you are earning a good salary and you don’t send to help them. Because You say You have given it to God. This is religious garbage!!! They have taught the Young ones not to Honour their Parent. They took away their time, when they should have been helping their parents at home. They Lord it over them and they fear their religious Leaders more than they fear their parent. They are so greedy to get their money that they don’t even allow them to support their parents all in the name of “Giving to God” This is exactly what is Happening today. There are so many churches who are greedy for people’s money that they don’t allow them use it for legitimate things in their family. We are to teach people that if there is a need in their Home, they should meet that need first. God is not a greedy person asking You not to meet those needs but to give it to Him or His work. Take care of Your need, clear your debts, get good education for your children, then give to God cheerfully as much as You can Give. This is the New testament teaching!!!
Not forcing People to give 10% in the name of Tithes. This is a tradition of Men carried over from the Old Covenant. And I wonder why people took only one command in the old testament about paying Your Tithes. How about other Commandments Like, Keeping the Sabbath and not doing any work on Saturday? And others like killing a Lamb or a goat every time You Sin. Its all been fulfilled in Christ!!! They say the Lamb and the Goat and Sabbath day has been fulfilled in Christ, then How come the Law on Tithing was not fulfilled? Everything is ALL fulfilled in Christ!!! The Law is over, the Old Covenant is Abolished!!! We are not suppose to tithe today. Does that means we don’t have to give to God? Definitely we have to give, but it must be Cheerfully. In the old testament, the important thing is how much You gave like 10%.It was like an income tax they paid to God. But in the New Covenant, our relationship with God is not that of a Master and Servant Relationship. It is Like a Father to a Son relationship. It is like a Wife to a Husband Relationship. A wife Loves the Husband and says, “Anything I have, You can have it” Do you want to go back to the old Master-Servant Relationship of Paying Tax to God? Can You imagine a Rich Father who has all the Silver and Gold in the world to curse His Son or make Him suffer because He fails to pay 10% of His Income to Him? Or a wealthy Husband allowing His wife to starve because she refuse to give Him 10% of Her income? Only an Evil Father or Husband will do such and God is not Like that. This is one of the Traditions that has Cancelled out God’s word in 2 Corinthians 9:7 which says, ” So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver” This has been Cancelled out by commanding People to Pay Tithes. But who is there to proclaim it? If Anyone proclaim it, Pastors and Preachers would jump on Him and say, “He is a Heretic” And if you are afraid to be called that, You will never become a Servant of God. This is the Modern day application of it, you say, “You have given it to God when you should have helped Your Parents who are in need” You have invalidate God’s word because of Your Religious Traditions. 1 Timothy 5:8 says, ” But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” I know many will not agree with Me on the matter of Tithes, but I can assure You that when you stand before the Lord, You will discover that Tithing has No basis in the New Testament. It was a Law like every other Law that was fulfilled in Christ.
Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me,Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’: indeed this Scriptures has been fulfilled even today for We have many Christians who Honours the Lord and say some many nice things about Jesus but they don’t know what God’s word says and His words has no place in them and therefore their Hearts is Far away from the Lord. They say they come to Church on Sunday morning for Praise and Worship but it is all in vain because after that, they teach as Doctrines the commandments of Men. They teach what some Preacher tells them or hear from the pulpit which is not found in the New testament. So I beseeched thee therefore Brethren, Give up Human traditions which cancels the Word of God.
Dear Friend, There are Lots of Traditions like i said which have no conflict with God’s word, that’s fine. But whenever a Single Tradition conflicts the Word of God, You must be willing to stand against Relatives, Church Leaders even the Pope. You are to say, “I am not going to Do that!!! Because there is a Higher authority than You and that is God’s Word” For this is the Highest Authority on Earth and not Traditions passed down from centuries from Men. These are the things that made the Pharisees Furious and called Him, “Prince of Devil”. And if you proclaim these to others, Most Pastors and Preachers will be furious at You because it exposes their error and greed. And they would call you all kinds of name and say all kinds of things against You. But if you follow Jesus, it won’t disturb You a bit. For You are Becoming Exactly Like Jesus and treated the same way He was treated. So the Choice is Yours. Do You want to Follow Jesus and the Teachings of the Apostles Exactly as It is written or You want to Hold on to the Traditions of Your Church that has Cancelled out The Word of God in the New testament. Remember the Old Covenant is Abolished(Hebrews 8:7-13)!!! May God help Us to apply these truths to our Lives(Amen). God bless You. Have a blessed day.
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