Matthew 15:1 ¶Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which
were of Jerusalem, saying,
2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.
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;
6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
My Hi-lite: Matthew 15:7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Christ called them pretenders, play actors, and then quoted the Word of God from Isaiah 29.Matthew 15:7
Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
How many people do you know like that? There mind is far from aligning with His Word for out of their "heart" they teach traditions.This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
Teachers of God's Word are to teach and follow the commandments of God, NOT the commandments of men which don't mean a hill of beans. In fact, to claim His name, which is to claim His authority as a Christian pastor, preacher, priest, etc., and then use that name to teach vanity, emptiness, which is what the commandments of men are, is a direct violation of one of the 10 Commandments... and God will not hold one guiltless who does it! But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
One who takes His name and leads His children astray is going to pay an awesome price! In fact, Satan was sentenced to perish in the Lake of Fire for leading 1/3 of God's children astray (Rev. 12:4, Ezek. 28:18-19). To that end, there are a lot of preachers who are going to be in big, big trouble when Christ returns because He himself told us flat out that there would be MANY in these last days who would come in His name, which again is to claim His authority to teach (i.e. Christian), who would deceive the multitudes, which is the majority of our brothers and sisters, by teaching the vain traditions of men instead of His Word chapter by chapter and line by line. We as His disciples are admonished to watch out for false teachers which is why we check out the things we are taught in the Word of God (1 Jn. 4).Exodus 20:7
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
Editors Note: To take the "Lord's name in vain" is not swearing as I was taught when I was young! It's claiming the Lord said, "this or that" when he said no such thing!
It is an openly visible fact
that many preachers spend much of their time that could be used to teach
Father's Word, to talk about giving, giving, giving, which ought to reveal
to a sensible person what they have on their minds, which is to get, get,
get... money that is! Just listen to
them and see how long it takes until they bring up the subject of the almighty
dollar. Remember Christ instructed His
disciples that when they go forth to teach not to
(1) take a purse, which means they do not need any financing, and
(2) not to take a scrip, a beggars bag, which means they are not ask for money.
God promises that if you do it His way, according to His commands (freely you have received so freely give), that He will see to it that your needs are met. He says just "Ask Him", not the people, for whatsoever you need and He shall provide! Matthew 10:9-10 "Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,  Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat." If you work for Him, He will see that you are well blessed.
To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits;
to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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