Matt 15 Traditions
- Yahshua REBUKES THE PHARISEES
Matt. 15:1-2 Then came to Yahshua scribes and Pharisees, Awhich were of Jerusalem, saying, 15:2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
- These scribes and Pharisees are an official delegation from Jerusalem, coming to investigate and assess the words and work of this man Yahshua.
- They do not wash their hands when they eat bread.
- The matter in question has nothing to do with good hygiene.
- The religious officials are offended that the disciples do not observe the rigid, extensive ritual for washing before meals.
- These ceremonial washings were commanded by tradition, not by Scripture.
- The religious leaders say as much when they refer to the tradition of the elders.
Matt. 15:3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of Elohim by your tradition?
- When the disciples were accused of sin, Yahshua answered right back with another accusation.
- Why was Yahshua so stern in His reply?
- Because these leaders were far too concerned with these ceremonial trivialities.
- When they declared people “unclean” because of their tradition, they denied the people access to Yahweh.
- These ceremonial washings based on tradition, not the Scriptures.
Matt. 15:4-6 For Elohim commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. 15:5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; 15:6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of Elohim of none effect by your tradition.
- The Jewish people of Yahshua’ day had a way to get around the command to honor your father and mother.
- If they declared that all their possessions or savings were a gift to Yah, specially dedicated to Him, they could then say that their resources were unavailable to help his parents.
- Through this, someone could completely disobey the command to honor his father or mother, and do it while being ultra-religious.
Matt. 15:7-9 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
- The quotation from Isaiah accurately describes the real problem with these religious leaders.
- They elevated man’s tradition to an equal level with Yah’s revealed word.
- Yah is interested in the internal and the real.
- We are far more interested in the external and the image.
Matt. 15:10-11 And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand: 15:11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
- Yahshua states a fundamental principle.
- Washing with “unclean hands” or any other such thing that we “put into us” is not defiling.
- Rather, what comes out is what defiles, and it reveals that we have unclean (defiled) hearts.
- Remember we are talking about unscriptural traditions.
Matt 15:12-14 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? 15:13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
- Of course He knew that He offended them! He intended to offend them.
- This applies directly to the religious leaders.
- Their commandments of men will not last, because they are not rooted either in Yah or truth.
- Those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man: