Saturday, April 28

Stop making excuses

Scripture: 2 Samuel 3, 1 Chronicles 12, Matthew 15

Matthew 15:3 Jesus answered them, “Why do you break God’s commandment because of your tradition?”

Observation

Some of the religious leaders were upset with Jesus because His disciples didn’t follow the religious traditions, like washing your hands when you eat.  This was Jesus’ answer: “Why do you break God’s commands because of your tradition?”  He went on to give the example of “Corban”.  

God commanded us to honor our parents.  But the tradition of “Corban” allowed a person to declare his assets “dedicated to God” and then not use them to care for his elderly parents.  Jesus called this hypocrisy, and went on to quote Isaiah:

Isaiah 29:13 “This people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.  They worship me in vain, teaching as doctrines human commands.”

Application

God’s command, first and foremost, is that we love Him and love one another.  We are adept at making all kinds of excuses, including religious excuses, for not doing that.  And, of course, that’s not the only command we work around.  I wonder how many of Jesus’ commands I avoid, ignore or rationalize away.

Simple obedience is worth more than all the religious posturing in the world.  Stop making excuses, and do what Jesus says.  

Prayer: Lord, forgive me for making excuses instead of obeying.  And help me to simply obey what you say.