7.6 Teaching On False Obedience
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7.6 After this, Jesus ministered in Galilee, avoiding Judea where the religious populace wanted to kill him.1 Pharisees and some scribes from Jerusalem assembled around Jesus, and saw some of the disciples eating with unwashed hands. (For the religious populace after shopping don’t eat unless they first wash, obeying elders’ tradition. They observe many other traditions, such as cup, pitcher and kettle washing.) They asked Jesus, “Why do your disciples disregard elders’ tradition and eat with hands ceremoniously unclean?”
May 16 Jesus replied, “Isaiah correctly prophesied about you hypocrites, ‘This people honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. In vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrine the commands of men.’”
Jesus added, “You leave God’s commandments to keep your traditions. Moses said, ‘Honor your father and mother, he who slanders father or mother let him die.’ But you acquit anyone who says to his father or mother, ‘Whatever help you might have received from me is 'Corban,' that is, given to God. That way you no longer let him help his parents. Thus you nullify God’s word with your tradition. You do many other similar things.”
May 17 Jesus called the crowd again, saying, “Listen, everyone, and understand. It isn’t what goes into a man that defiles, but what comes out.” When he left the people and entered the house, his disciples asked him: “Did you know you offended the Pharisees?” He replied, “Every plant not planted by my heavenly Father will be uprooted.2 Ignore them, they are blind3 guides leading the blind, and both will fall into a pit.”
May 18 Peter asked what the parable meant. He replied, ‘Are you also without understanding? Don’t you see that what goes into a man cannot defile him, because it doesn’t enter his heart but his stomach, and when digested it passes out?” In saying this, Jesus pronounced all foods clean. Jesus added, “What comes out of a man defiles him, for from men’s hearts come evil thought, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, witchcraft, slander, arrogance and foolishness. All these coming from within defile the man, not the eating with ceremoniously unwashed hands.