November 24, 2017
Read: Mark 7:1-37
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Scripture- Mark 7:6-8 “Jesus replied, “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God. For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.”
Observations- Even though Jesus was born and raised in the Jewish tradition, this passage shows one the many times He challenged its observance and exposed its lack of relevance. The nation God chose to bring His Son to earth had failed to capture and nurture the prophetic calling to repentance and obedience. Instead, they paid attention to the procedure instead of the progress and ultimately manipulated public opinion to wipe out any opposition, even God’s.
Application- Such opposition to the Jewish religious status quo was one of the most explicit and outstanding elements of Jesus’ ministry. He made very clear that He would not sacrifice the success of His mission in the altar of institutional endorsement. So, He did not waste a single chance to draw a thick line between His kingdom and any man-made system of ideas. Tradition can easily turn into a religion when it is not challenged by Scriptures. Our mission can easily become a fancy form of social activism when it is not grounded in social holiness.
Prayer- Lord Jesus, help us be your hands and feet in service to those in imminent need and in the proclamation of your grace and eternal life. In your Name we pray, AMEN.