“He replied, ‘Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites…..’” Mark 7:6.
“You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!” Mark 7:9.
Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: Job 22, and Mark 7-8.
I recall a Bible study in which it was decided that a certain New Testament passage was not relevant to our times.
Adding and subtracting from The Word is not a recent development. Jesus ran into it in today’s verses and confronted the Pharisees over it.
A hypocrite is someone who says one thing yet acts contrary to it. An honest hypocrite will say something like, “Do as I say, not as I do.”
The Pharisees were so entrenched in their add-on’s to the Old Testament that they were outraged when Jesus told them that they were mistaken.
I must be careful not to build a religious structure. God’s ways are often unexpected.
Much of church behavior is based on man-created structure. One church has loud singing, another quiet. Praying style is different. If I am comfortable in a certain setting, does that make what’s done in that setting right?
“Lord, I want my worship of You to be clean. Reveal the obstacles, the sludge that clouds my worship so that I can gets things right. Help me to understand Your Word. Help me to rightly represent You in the midst that I’m in this day. I love You, Father.”
God’s Word doesn’t need your adding or subtracting.