YOU DISREGARD GOD’S COMMANDMENT BUT CLING TO HUMAN TRADITIONS

A LOT OF PEOPLE DO THIS—IN THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH AND ELSEWHERE!

A CHRISTIAN PILGRIMAGE

Today’s Gospel: Mark 7:1-13 – Tuesday, 6 February 2018

William Barclay tells the story of a Jewish rabbi who was in a Roman prison. The rabbi used his small daily ration of water not for drinking, but for the religious ritual of handwashing before eating. Because of his determination to obey the rules of ritual cleanliness, he nearly died of thirst.

This story helps us appreciate the shock the Pharisees and the scribes had when they saw Jesus’ disciples eating food with hands that hadn’t been ritually washed.

The strict observance of the law by the Pharisees, however, was a weakness for some of them. Their concern for external regulations sometimes overshadowed their concern for internal attitudes. Rituals became more important for some than things of the heart, like love and pity.

To what extent do we honor God externally, but keep Him at a distance in our hearts? Our…

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About Jonathan Caswell

Mr. Caswell has been composing poetry at least since High School. He has been on WORD PRESS for ten years and contributes to two other blogs beside this one. This blog has a Christian emphasis but all bloggers are welcome. Mr. Caswell chooses to---with permission--re[post material of interest

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