Matthew 15:5-9

5But you say that if a man says to his father or mother, ‘Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is a gift devoted to God,’ 6he is not to ‘honor his father[c]‘ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. 7You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:
8” ‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
9They worship me in vain;
their teachings are but rules taught by men.

One response to “Matthew 15:5-9

  1. When there is a unequivocal commandment from God, such as “Honor thy father and thy mother”, there is no room for tradition and legalism to prevail and to nullify God’s law. Jesus shows them an example of their hypocrisy in this lesson. He is not trying as much to change their wicked hearts as He is to teach others by their hypocrisy.

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