QT 17/01/2024 Wednesday Matthew 15

QT 17/01/2024 Wednesday Matthew 15

QT 17/01/2024 Wednesday Matthew 15

The Pharisees and scribes accused Jesus' disciples of breaking the tradition on washing of hands (Matt 15:2). The tradition of devoting something to God was also misused to justify not honouring one's parents (Matt 15:4-6).

In their hearts, they already DO NOT WANT to obey the 5th Commandment (Exo 20:12). But they use "tradition" to JUSTIFY THEIR NEGLECT.

REFLECTION (1): Am I denying financial support to my parents because of "commandments taught by men" (Isa 29:13, Matt 15:9 )? What excuses am I using?

REFLECTION (2): Am I one of those who "honour me with their lips, but their heart is far from me" (Isa 29:13, Matt 15:8)?

Uncleanness (a concept referred to in Leviticus), is not caused by the INTAKE of FOOD. But the OUTPUTS of the HEART.

APPLICATION: Check your life to see whether you have these things Jesus warned against: OUTPUTS like those in Matt 15:19 that REALLY make one UNCLEAN? Why harp on ceremonial unwashed hands when there is REAL defilement in our lives?

In contrast, the Canaanite woman (Matt 15:21-28) was considered clean. The lame, the blind, the crippled and the mute were restored to health instead (Matt 15:29-31).

星期三 2024年1月17日 今日读经:马太福音15章