Mark 7:3-5 “ For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.
And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables.
Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?”
The Pharisees always found fault with Jesus and we know the measure they used to contradict Him was their own tradition, that which was handed down over generations from their fathers.
The reason they were so deceived is because their tradition was mingled with some truth, this made it very hard for some to discern right from wrong.
When Jesus came on the scene He had no tradition; He had the truth and He was the truth, and for us today He still is the truth. For us to simply live by a hand-me-down religion is spiritual laziness, we must seek the truth, for Jesus said:
“…If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32
All of us have ideas, ways, and habits that we have received by tradition or custom, these ways of ours even down to our thought process must be brought to the truth and examined, tradition does not set us free, only the truth of God’s holy word brings freedom to our soul.
Almost every religion has some type of spiritual truth mingled with it. For the enemy of our soul Satan knows his counterfeit ways must have at least an appearance of truth here and there. We do not get a second chance at this life, at death our eternity is sealed. We must get it right now, in this life.
Let us not be spiritually lazy and follow what a man says over the truth of God’s Holy Word, and the direction of His Holy Spirit within us.
John 10:27 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
The Pharisees with their tradition were upset because the disciples ate bread before they washed their hands, that’s tradition, how childish. But the truth is when Jesus came the lame began to walk, the blinded eyes could see, deaf ears were opened, and the poor had the gospel preached unto them.
Unfortunately, most of us have spent a lot of time in tradition. Christian brethren let us live in the pure truth, in the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Tradition holds us captive, blocks our mind from seeing and experiencing the mighty works of God. The truth opens us up to all the love, power and grace of our heavenly Father.
I get excited talking about this, God is so awesome, He is rich in mercy and wants to pour out His Spirit upon all those that believe on Him.
Arlien Bradeen is the Pastor of Faith Hope and Love Healing Ministries and a member of the United Ministerial Alliance.