By Chris Layton
December 11, 2019
Taken from the book of Matthew:
If there is one thing that causes men to separate themselves from you, it is breaking their traditions.
God said, “Be ye separate and touch not the unclean thing.”
To men taken in the sin of idolatry, like Abraham’s father Terah, this is a serious offense to them and this will cause them to hate even their own flesh and become despisers of them who do good.
When the disciples of Jesus Christ were hungered, as they were passing through a field of corn, they began to take the ears and thrash them with their hands and eat. When the Pharisees saw this, they were moved with contempt and asked Jesus:
“Why do the disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they wash not their hands when they eat bread?”
But he answered and said unto them:
“Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
For God commanded, saying Honor thy father and mother; and He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death that Moses shall appoint. But ye say, whosoever shall say to father or mother, By whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me, it is a gift from me and honor not his father or mother (because he took credit for himself) it is well.
Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
O ye hypocrites! Well did Esias prophesy of you, saying, This people (who call themselves by my name taking it in vain) draw nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoreth me with their lips (“I love you…but”) but their heart is far from me. But in vain do they worship me, teaching the doctrines and the commandments of men.” (Matthew 15:2-8)
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You pay tithes of mint, dill, and cumin, but you have disregarded the weightier matters of the law: justice, mercy, and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.
You blind guides! You strain at a gnat but swallow a camel. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.
Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, so that the outside may become clean as well. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like tombs having been whitewashed, which indeed outwardly appear beautiful, but inside they are full of bones of the dead, and of all impurity. In the same way, on the outside you appear to be righteous, but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”
(Matthew 23: 23-28)
But God Has News for the Idol Worshipers
“Jesus said unto them, did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner (the head of the corner stake of Zion. God is in charge).
Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof (not just a tree full of leaves with no fruit which Jesus when he was hungered and finding nothing to eat cursed it and it presently withered and died)
Verily, I say unto you, I am the stone, and those wicked ones reject me (because of their traditions).
I am the head of the corner, these Jews shall fall upon me, and shall be broken.”