These religious people honor Jesus only with lip-service, while their hearts are far from Him, as many religious people of our day.

Elder James R, Winfree, Sr, God's Messenger And, Our Lord God Jesus Christ Sent, Chosen, Anointed Transformational Global Churches And, Believing Nations Apostle:

Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-8; Psalm 15:2-5; James 1:17-18,21-22,27; Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23

The Old Laws And Old Covenants Will Not Get Your Names Into God's Book Of Life, Only The Saving Grace Of Jesus Christ:

In today's Gospel Biblical Truth, Jesus addresses the problem of hypocrisy in a confrontation with the religious Pharisees. It all begins when they notice that Jesus' disciples eat without first following the ancient custom of scrupulously washing their hands. The religious Pharisees ask Jesus Christ, "Why do your disciples not respect the tradition of the elders, but eat their food with unclean hands?" And Jesus answers, "It was of you hypocrites that Isaiah so rightly prophesied in this passage of Scripture,


This people honors Jesus Christ only with lip service,

While their hearts are far from Him.

The worship they offer me is worthless,

the doctrines they teach are only human regulations" ( Mark. 7:6-7 ).


To understand what Jesus is getting at here, we must recognize that this "purification" ritual was not merely a social construct. It was part of a religious tradition. It was intended as a symbol of piety, an outward sign of inner-devotion to God's Will. Consequently, when Jesus recalls the words of the ancient prophet, "This people pays Jesus lip service but their hearts are far from Him," Jesus is calling the Pharisees' value system into question. He is saying, in effect, "You have allowed rituals to take over. You have assigned too high a value to custom. You have embraced this and the hundreds of other religious rituals you practice as ends rather than means. And, for this reason, I say to you, "Your hearts are far from God." That is to say, "You are allowing your own preconceived notions and religious thinking about God to obscure your vision of who the one true God really is. Amen.

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Written And Shared By, Apostle James R, Winfree, Sr.

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