Mark 7:5-8 NLT
So the Pharisees and teachers of religious law asked him, “Why don’t your disciples follow our age-old tradition? They eat without first performing the hand-washing ceremony.” Jesus replied, “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’ For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.”
Refection . . .
Jesus often has harsh words for those who refuse to see anything other than the traditions that have shaped and formed their faith, especially for those who had an understanding of the Scriptures, albeit limited. We too have many traditions and things that have shaped who we are, but when those things become more important than applying the truth of God’s Word to our lives, then our worship is a farce as well. Change is hard! It requires that we read and hear God’s Word, receive the truth, think about what it means for us, and then make the changes necessary to live it out in our lives. Without a steady diet of God’s Word in our lives and the application of it, we become hypocrites too!