Breaking Tradition Or Breaking Commands

A Question For Jesus

Some Pharisees and Torah teachers from Jerusalem asked Jesus why his disciples break the traditions of the elders. They want to know why they don’t perform the ritual hand washing before they eat. A tradition that had been handed down from generation to generation.

Jesus Answers With A Question

Jesus asks a question of them. “Indeed, why do you break the command of God by your tradition?” He goes on to show them that in their traditions they have voided the command of God to honor your father and mother.

Jesus Explains The Parable

He clarifies that the tradition of ritual hand washing isn’t what makes someone clean. That it isn’t what goes into someone’s mouth, but rather what comes out that makes them unclean. That the things that come out of your mouth come from your heart, and the things that go into your mouth pass through the body.

What Is Our Version Of Ritual Handwashing?

Just as in Jesus day, we often have our religious traditions that we elevate to the level of commandments. Sometimes in trying to keep those traditions we ignore the actual commands of God. Commands like loving our neighbor or keeping Sabbath.

What are some traditions in the Church that can void the commands of God?

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