We examine the account of the Pharisees’ approach to Jesus concerning the failure of His disciples to honor the traditions of the elders. We see:

  • We can put traditions ahead of God, but with Him it is better to obey than to slavishly follow traditions.
  • Our problem is a heart-problem. The corruption within us leads us to do and say and think all manner of things that are against God’s Law.

The teaching of this passage is applied both to believers and unbelievers. Both are encouraged to draw near to Christ, Who is the only source of help for this problem. Only in the blood of His cross is there cleansing for the heart and delivery from the power of sin.


Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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