December 31, 2017: Matthew 15:1-9 (Rich Merkouris)

  • Traditions and Commandments

    15 Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, 2 “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat.” 3 He answered them, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? 4 For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ 5 But you say, ‘If anyone tells his father or his mother, “What you would have gained from me is given to God,”[a] 6 he need not honor his father.’ So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word[b] of God. 7 You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said:

    8 “‘This people honors me with their lips,
        but their heart is far from me;
    9 in vain do they worship me,
        teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”

    What Defiles a Person

    10 And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand: 11 it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” 12 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?” 13 He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up.14 Let them alone; they are blind guides.[c] And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” 15 But Peter said to him, “Explain the parable to us.” 16 And he said, “Are you also still without understanding? 17 Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled?[d] 18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.

  • 1:30 Story of moving pallets of Mountain Dew
  • 4:50 How does it feel when you think God tells you that your work on Earth is vain.
    • In the scripture Jesus tells tells the Pharisees that their work was in vain
  • 8:00 What would Jesus say to you?
  • 8:30 So why was the activity of the Pharisees in vain? Because their traditions and activities did not deliver the promise of God
  • 15:49 They were going through the motions of religious tradition. Going through the motions of traditional is not bad, it is going through the motions where the motions do not flow from your heart is in vain.
  • 16:15 So what's the role of tradition?
  • 17:00 What pastor tradition has become to today
  • 22:37 Jesus gauges worship by the engagement of your heart.
  • 24:00 Today are you going through the motions without your heart?
  • 25:00 There will always be motions if your heart is engaging.
  • 31:17 Today, God want from you is no meaningless activity, God wants your heart.
  • 31:45 Would you make it your New Years resolution to pursue a healthy heart? By not looking inward, but by looking outward to Jesus Christ.