Archive for Monday, November 2, 2009

Matthew 15:7-10

“You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.’” Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean.’”

The relationship between Jesus and the Pharisees was always thin and the words mentioned above from the chapter show how the Lord felt. The Pharisees lived a life of religious tradition and tried to fulfill laws because that is what they were taught and that is what they would do. They did it because of the traditions linked to them without realizing whether it was God honoring or not. However, with Christ came an awareness of what glorifying God meant. The Pharisees were expecting a ruler for a messiah who would come and overthrow their rulers and establish them as the ones whom the messiah sought to glorify. They were not willing to submit to Jesus who came from humble beginnings, claimed to be the Son of God and had a following that took away from the Pharisees fan following and earnings.

We have to be very careful of how we walk with God because if we are not, our lives will quickly reflect the lives of the Pharisees. We will start going to Church because we are supposed to, we will pray mundane prayers because it is expected of us, our hearts will be cold and hardened and our lives will be pointless. This will also show in our lives, the words of our mouth and in every aspect of our life because God is not being glorified. In Christ, we have a new life and the walk is not easy because the evil one is going to torment us for our belief but we can be at peace knowing that our Lord Jesus has won the victory over death and sin and so can we through God’s help. We don’t have to lead meaningless lives but instead can invite Jesus to teach us how to live.

In His Loving Service,