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Lesson # Matt. 15:3-6
Study Material - Matt. 15:3-6
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3 But [de] he answered [apokrinomai] and said [epo] unto them [autos] , Why [diati] do ye [humeis] also [kai] transgress [parabaino] the commandment [entole] of God [theos] by [dia] your [humon] tradition [paradosis] ?
4 For [gar] God [theos] commanded [entellomai] , saying [lego] , Honour [timao] thy [sou] father [pater] and [kai] mother [meter] : and [kai] , He that curseth [kakologeo] father [pater] or [e] mother [meter] , let him die [teleutao] the death [thanatos] .
5 But [de] ye [humeis] say [lego] , Whosoever [hos] [an] shall say [epo] to his father [pater] or [e] his mother [meter] , It is a gift [doron] , by [ek] whatsoever [hos] [ean] thou mightest be profited [opheleo] by me [emou] ;
6 And [kai] honour [timao] not [ou me] his [autos] father [pater] or [e] his [autos] mother [meter] , he shall be free. Thus [kai] have ye made [akuroo] the commandment [entole] of God [theos] of none effect [akuroo] by [dia] your [humon] tradition [paradosis] . KJV-Interlinear
3 And He answered and said to them, 'And why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? 4 'For God said, 'Honor your father and mother,' and, 'He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death.' 5 'But you say, 'Whoever shall say to his father or mother,' Anything of mine you might have been helped by has been given to God, ' 6 he is not to honor his father or his mother.' And thus you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition. NAS
Traditions are used to veil greed and to escape ones responsibility to others. The word for gift used in this passage is 'doron'. It deals with gifts that are given to the temple. There is another word for gift and that word is 'korban'. That word deals with gifts of dedication to the temple, but the gifts remain with the giver. The giver can give to the temple when he wishes, but may use his gifted assets for himself when personal needs arise. He simply applies the word 'korban' to the gift and retains and uses his things. It was not uncommon for people wit 'gift' - 'korban' all they had, and thus depriving them from using their assets for family, for heirs, and so forth.
You can probably see how this convenience of tradition within Judaism would be abused when children did not wish to help their parents. If a parent asked for help, financial aid or whatever, then the grown up child cold use this excuse - 'all I have has been given to God, therefore there is nothing for you.' Or put in another way, 'anything that might have been available to help the parent, has been dedicated to God, therefore is not available to help the parent.'
Thus the child again escapes any requirement to help their parents, and they use 'tradition' as their legal excuse. Here tradition is used to supersede Gods fifth commandment, 'Honor thy father and mother.'
The Pharisees were more interested in the hand washing of the disciples, than they were of the health needs, than they were of the food needs, than they were of the souls of all the people who were there for help. Ones soul is in jeopardy of going to the lake of fire unless they believe in Christ. We saw how very ugly and terrifying the lake of fire is going to be. Clean hands will gain an unbeliever nothing after death. You recall the endless feeding of the worm population concept, the total darkness, the total aloneness, the terrifying torments and all of this will last forever.
But tradition is more important to those people who are negative toward Gods Word, than Gods Word. And too the reality of tradition is not really all that important to those who promote it, since it is merely a superficial mechanism for impressing others. Tradition is often used when there is a confrontation between opinions.
For the sake of 'tradition' any opponent to it will be gossiped against, maligned against, receive attempts to discredit them. In short the traditionalist seeks to destroy any who oppose them. Whether out of self righteousness, or out of envy, or out of jealousy, or hate, and all of these generally go hand in hand. The traditionalistic thinking person will do whatever they can to destroy those whom they view as beneath their level of life style. And at the same time attempt to elevate themselves in the view of the public eye. Being looked upon as an authority is a big ego trip for traditionalists.
They seek to promote themselves through the destruction of others. And as we have studied in the scriptures, one can never gain happiness by means of inflicting suffering on others. Again we are studying the concept of 'tradition'. This does not apply to legitimate law and order, due process, crimes and punishment and such.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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