Posts Tagged ‘Tradition’


Deuteronomy 18 (HCSB) “The Levitical priests, the whole tribe of Levi, will have no portion or inheritance with Israel. They will eat the Lord’s fire offerings; that is their inheritance… This is the priests’ share from the people who offer a sacrifice, whether it is an ox, a sheep, or a goat; the priests are to be given the shoulder, jaws, and stomach. You are to give him the firstfruits of your grain, new wine, and oil, and the first sheared wool of your flock. For Yahweh your God has chosen him and his sons from all your tribes to stand and minister in His name from now on… “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not imitate the detestable customs of those nations. No one among you is to make his son or daughter pass through the fire, practice divination, tell fortunes, interpret omens, practice sorcery, cast spells, consult a medium or a familiar spirit, or inquire of the dead… “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers… Then the Lord said to me, ‘They have spoken well. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. I will put My words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. I will hold accountable whoever does not listen to My words that he speaks in My name… You may say to yourself, ‘How can we recognize a message the Lord has not spoken?’ When a prophet speaks in the Lord’s name, and the message does not come true or is not fulfilled, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.

Moses continues to lay out expectations for Israel under God’s sovereign command and the first question that comes to mind is why do we need to know these laws when we are living under the new covenant and are not bound by Mosaic laws? (more…)

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,