When Mankind changes God’s Law to suit the needs of a few, those are not people of God. Brothers and Sisters, we know that God sent us a specific Code of Laws, Ethics, and Morals so as to not defile the Spirit and make life easy to live as long as they are adhered to. Jesus did not abolish these Laws, but reemphasized them to be understood as a rule of living a right life. God’s Law is non-negotiable and set in stone.
Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!” Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’ they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:
“‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’
And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?” He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” But Peter said to him, “Explain the parable to us.” And he said, “Are you also still without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.” Matthew 15:1-20
Jesus clearly called out the Pharisees for changing God’s Law to fill their own pockets and bellies, wrong answer. They clearly said “traditions of the elders” which means they followed traditions made by man and not the Law of God. We are to use what we have for God’s Glory which does not mean send it to the storehouse of the religious leaders or the government (unless it is Caesars). Caring for the Religious Leaders and other officials is part of what we should be doing, yes but that does not mean you will be held accountable to God if you do not give your 10% of earnings to a house of worship. You will be held accountable if you do not support your fellow man which does include giving a portion to the church but that is not all.
When we speak, we should not be speaking harsh or derogatory words about another in such a way that it is evil. God’s Word and words of correction (not judgement) should be the only things that are heard. Yes normal conversation is fine but words should be chosen as to not bring thoughts of evil into the mind which may cause those in the hearing to sin.
Let’s hear Isaiah again:
“‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
They worship me in vain;
their teachings are merely human rules.’
I cannot emphasize this enough. Jesus was here in corrective cleansing mode for God’s chosen people and when the priests and religious leaders of the Sanhedrin heard Jesus they may have been convicted but did not seek correction. He came to save them and reignite their love for and desire to serve God. Unfortunately, Satan already had complete control of them and they served themselves instead of God. The Pharisees said Jesus was a blasphemer when it was they themselves who blasphemed God with their greed and foolish human desires. God used this to His advantage though to be Death’s own demise. The world has Jesus blood on their hands but only those in Christ are washed in it and become clean.
Look, even the ancient courts of Hammurabi spelled out these morality and ethics codes as did many other cultures. These laws and codes are for right clean living so that mankind could live together in peace while working in the manner for which we were created. You remember, caretakers of God’s creation.
What about us in today’s world? Man’s desire for power has corrupted those in authority and desires of the world have replaced the Law of God. This has happened throughout the centuries leading up to now. The world had come together with the United Nations and they have done good things but even they are subject to corruption.
The world’s sense of morals has become corrupted due to being given over to sexual desires and the destruction of the family. When laws are perverted to go against God’s Law, the country is in trouble. Look at the U.S. State governments have changed and solidified laws and statutes to appease society on both sides.
Since the American Revolution, the devil’s foothold on our lives had slowly increased. The desire for money and material things has taken the place of God. Because of this, we have been set on the path of Rome where we have been given over to moral degradation to the point in which even the Supreme Court under the direction of President Obama, destroyed marriage and changed “civil rights” to include sexual preference. Sorry, there is only one type of “sexual preference” for mankind, that of Husband and Wife (Man and Woman).
Brothers and Sisters we are being set up. The media, those with monetary power, and some with celebrity status have been doing satan’s bidding for years. We have been confused. This corruption began when Scripture was no longer taught in public school. The only thing that remained was titled the Golden Rule with no reference to Jesus and now that is gone too.
Judaism and Christianity are under attack (and not just by ISIS) but there is hope.
The good thing is that now, even though the immoral society hates him, our current POTUS* has been slowly correcting certain laws and other things that are destroying our lives. The man has even begun Bible studies in the White House. The Adversary is still trying to hang on but is losing its foothold so how do we defeat it. Continue to pray.
Pray not for Jesus to come quick but for the Holy Spirit to work in all lives. Change the hearts of man from worldly desires to the desire of the Spirit. Keep those in authority in our prayers that right decisions are made and that the hand stays clear of the self-destruct button (red phone in Oval Office). Take up our arms with our crosses in hand and be proud Children of God not hidden in our crates or behind the bush.
*Disclaimer: I am not endorsing or condemning the Presidents mentioned, just stating fact.