“Worship; For God or Human Tradition?”
This is a question we should all ask. Is our worship for the Lord God or do we worship just because it is the thing to do?
Please read the following verses. Mark 7:1-11
1 The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus and 2 saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were “unclean,” that is, unwashed. 3 (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. 4 When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers, and kettles.) 5 So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with ‘unclean’ hands?” 6 He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:”‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 7 They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.’ 8 You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.” 9 And he said to them: “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions! 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.’ 11 But you say that if a man says to his father or mother: ‘Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is Corban’ (that is, a gift devoted to God), 12 then you no longer let him do anything for his father or mother. 13 Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”
Right now, in our denomination, we have many going through the motions. If it is COB, it must be right and good, doesn’t it?
No, what the Jewish religious leaders were doing is wrong. What many Brethren are doing is wrong.
I love the COB and what she stood for.
Being a believer is more important than being COB. For instance, peace and justice have become many people’s battle rallying cry and object of their worship. They are ready to march anywhere, for almost any cause, often doing damage in their protests (some physical but there are other kinds of damage, such as trying to drive a business, out of business ).
Jesus was not opposed to calling these religious leaders what they were. Hypocrites.
I am not against peace and justice. The Word of God includes more than those two qualities. The peace and justice the Lord is looking for will flow naturally from believers.
Have a tremendous day in the Lord,
Let everything that has breath (this includes you) Praise and thank the Lord.
Be a Blessing;