02/24/19 — Mark 7:1-23; Psalm 40:11-17; Proverbs 10:13-14

tra·di·tion 
the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way.
synonyms: historical convention, unwritten law, oral historyheritage

In yesterday’s Blog we touched on this concept.  The disciples hearts were “hardened” because they clung to a specific teaching transmitted over generations regarding what the Messiah would do for the Nation of Israel.

And today we see Jesus directly address the danger of blindly following “tradition” in Mark 7:1-23.  By my count the word is used at least 5 times & each usage carries a negative tone.  For the leaders of the Jews has let their generations of “traditions” fully overcome the real intent of God’s Word.

And as members of the church we must always, individually and collectively, be asking — are we following the inspired Word of God or are we allowing ourselves to be “hardened” by man-made traditions & culture that may slowly change over time?

 

1 comment

  • missliz

    I don’t think Jesus was condemning tradition as much as saying they had allowed their traditions to violate the law of God. Through the years as we faithfully practice God’s will, our actions become our traditions. The important thing is to make sure traditions always follow the will of God.

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