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Matthew 15:5-6
Posted: Apr 28, 2011 in Uncategorized | 1 Comment |

S – But you say it is all right for people to say to their parents, “Sorry, I can’t help you. For I have vowed to give to God what I would have given to you.” In this way, you say they don’t need to honor their parents. And so you cancel the Word of God for the sake of your own tradition. – Matthew 15:5-6

O – Jewish culture is extremely family oriented. The take extremely seriously the commandment to honor your father and mother which was one of the 10 commandments. They believed that it was the child’s responsibility to care for their parents as they got older just as their parents cared for them when they were younger. Apparently, some religious leaders had told their parents that they could not provide for them because they had dedicated their money all to God and had no more left to give to them. Initially, that sounds noble until you look deeper to see what was really going on. In saying “we give all our money to God,” what they were really doing is keeping the money for themselves. They would save all their money and say to themselves, “I am keeping all of this in case God ever asks me to give it.” They had no intention of giving that money to God. It was all lip service designed to get them out of a responsibility that they had while at the same time trying to make themselves look more spiritual.

A – This kind of thing still happens today. I need to be very careful to make sure to allow God to test my motives. It is always a temptation to try and make yourself sound spiritual. God always looks at the heart and He cannot be deceived. He knows why I do everything that I do. He knows why I give what I give. Why I serve where I serve. He knows it all! It is so important to stay connected to God so that I can learn how to hear His voice. I don’t want to be guilty of saying I am doing something that God told me to only to find out He had nothing to do with it.

P – Oh God please help me to guard my heart. I do not want to get caught in the trap of religion. I know this has affected so many. Help me to pursue you with everything inside of me. Help me to live my life not for the praise of onlookers but for the audience of my maker. Purify me and make me more like you!

One Response to “Matthew 15:5-6”

  1. Rochelle says:

    Hello there. I just wanted to say thank you for this post. I happened upon your blog while doing some research preparing to teach my Sunday School class (which happens to be on these verses). I was intrigued by the SOAP format since I’m used to writing this way in the mental health field. Anyway thanks again (all the way from Columbus, GA) and I enjoyed browsing your blog. God bless!

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