Daily Service: Tradition (Religion) versus Relationship
President Trump continues to earn my respect as a Christian. Recently our houseguest told me she saw the President in the Oval office telling people that they need a relationship with God. Okay, that is a good place to start isn’t it. The media by the way didn’t cover it much, which is why we found the feed on Twitter.
Here’s what I got this morning from “How to Study the Bible” by DL Moody:
Matthew 15:1-9 (ESV)
Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat.” He answered them, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ But you say, ‘If anyone tells his father or his mother, “What you would have gained from me is given to God,” he need not honor his father.’ So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God. You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: ‘This people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”
Here is the passage from Isaiah. See what God is saying that He will do and ask yourself if Jesus fits the bill. I would rather be a follower of Christ than subject to the traditions of men including most of mainstream religion.
Isaiah 29:13-14 (ESV)
And the Lord said: “Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men, therefore, behold, I will again do wonderful things with this people, with wonder upon wonder; and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the discernment of their discerning men shall be hidden.”
You think about that, Amen!
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