Grace is extended to return from our sin!

Matthew 15:1 Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, 
2 “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.”
3 He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? 
4 For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’  
5 But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God”—
6 then he need not honor his father or mother.’ Thus, you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. 
7 Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:
8 ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.
 9 And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”

The Pharisees apparently had no notion of who and what they were dealing with when they came against Christ Yahshua. And we need to take note of what has happened here, and what the real issue is, for many of my friends are just as guilty as these Temple Priests for the same reasons.

Their accusation was based on doctrine and had nothing to do with the Word of God or the truth.

They said, “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” (Vs 2)

They were citing the traditions of the elders, not the scriptures. In other words, some Rabbi had determined that this a good idea for everyone to wash their hands ritually before eating and wrote it in the Talmud. It cannot be found anywhere in the Word of God.

So, the response from Yahshua is based on the scriptures, and the reply was straight to the point. Messiah does not mince words.

He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? (Vs 3)

Yahshua then points out exactly what they have done to violate God’s holy Word. He points out that following the traditions of men, causes us to compromise the very Word of YHWH God, and is sin.

He says, “For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’  
 But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God”—then he need not honor his father or mother.’ Thus, you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition.” 
(Vs 4-6)

This tradition actually breeched the Commandment of YHWH God. Thus, He has found them guilty of transgressing the very commandments they profess to be holy and base their righteousness on. He who is our judge, has already passed judgment on them. And because He did, they have an opportunity to humble themselves and repent. But will they? NO!!!! Not to this day has their been one word of sorrow over this kind of thing and the still are living according to the traditions of men, unrepentant!

In spite of the Word’s spoken by God Himself through Moses, who said, “You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.” (Deuteronomy 4:2)

Yahshua goes on to say, “Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”
 (Vs 7-9)

A scathing rebuke from the Messiah and the judge of both the living and the dead.

Now, this is a life saving scripture, and if we will take it to heart many lives will be saved. And why is that, we may ask?

Deuteronomy 12:29 “When the Lord your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, 
30 take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ 
31 You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way; for every abomination to the Lord which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.  
32 “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.

YHWH God warns His people to stay away from the traditions of Idol worshiper’s. They are an abomination to YHWH God, the Father. And based on the scripture for today The Messiah, God’s own Son, agrees. He would never go against His Father’s Word, for He is the living Word of God. (Logos)

When we introduce the traditions of idol worshipers to our worship, like Christmas, Easter, Lent, and Sunday Pagan Sabbath. What have we done, but violated the commandment of YHWH God the Father?

So, let’s go back to what Christ Yahshua said to the Pharisees. And perhaps we can understand that what we have inherited from our predecessors is a pack of lies and deception and because we trusted the doctrine passed down from a corrupt Roman Catholic Church, we have not only entered into sin, but have taught it to an entire body of people whose only desire is to worship God.

Ezekiel 22:26Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them. 
27 Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, to shed blood, to destroy people, and to get dishonest gain.

Yes Pastor, the Prophet Ezekiel is railing against you. Speaking for God He is saying that you’re blind and leading the blind.

Just as Christ said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. 
Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.” (Matthew 15:13, 14)

No wonder he said, “‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”

It is time to repent and change, whoever you are, for we have been an insult to God. But now we have been granted the grace to repent before it’s too late, for our Judge is coming and His foot is on the threshold now! Bend a knee while we still can, and return to the way, the truth, and the life!

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

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