[“Doing What Is Right”]
Key word: Tradition
|| Matthew 15:1-9
MK7:1 Now the Pharisees approached Jesus along with certain Bible Copyists from Jerusalem. MK7:2 When they observed some of his disciples eating bread with defiled hands – that is, without [ceremonially] washing them – [[they found fault]]. MK7:3 For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat without [ceremonially] washing their hands, holding to traditions of ancient elders. MK7:4 When they return from the market they do not eat without [ceremonially] washing their hands. And there are many other things that they have received by tradition – the [ceremonial] washing of cups, pots, copper bowls and tables. MK7:5 So the Pharisees and Bible Copyists asked Jesus: “Why do your disciples not conduct themselves according to the traditions of the elders, but eat bread with defiled hands?” MK7:6 Jesus answered them and said: “Excellently has Isaiah prophesied about you hypocrites, exactly as it has been written: ‘This people [of Israel] honors me with their lips, but their heart is distant from me. MK7:7 Their worship of Me is completely worthless, because they teach as doctrine human commands.’ [Isaiah 29:13] MK7:8 You set aside the commandment of the God and [instead] hold fast to human traditions.”
 Matthew 15:1-9: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.
 Defiled hands: It does not mean “dirty” hands but those that have not been ceremonially washed.
 Washing them: Such a ceremonial ‘baptism’ was a rabbinical addition to the Law of Moses.[Luke 11:38] The Babylonian Talmud [Sotah 4b] placed such a violation equally with prostitution.
 Not in some manuscripts.
 Many other things: Beginning with about 200 Mosaic regulations, they swelled to 600, and then later 100,000.
 Their worship of Me is completely worthless: Or, in vain, empty show. The worship of God’s people is not automatically accepted as though there was nothing they could do wrong. Compare notes on James 1:27-29.
 They teach as doctrine human commands: Or, precepts. Those who worship God by means of human doctrines do so in vain. [1 Timothy 4:1-3]