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Less 95 TRADITIONS OF MEN OR THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD?

 
Matthew 15:1-20;

Lesson 95 Senior Lessons

MEMORY VERSE:  "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies" (Matthew 15:19).

1 Accusation of the Scribes and Pharisees

 

1.       They accuse the disciples of transgressing the traditions of the elders, Matthew 15:1, 2

2.       The Pharisees transgress the commandments of God by their traditions, Matthew 15:3

3.       The Lord commands us to honor our parents, Matthew 15:4‑6;

Exodus 20:12 (KJV)
12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Deuteronomy 5:16 (KJV)
16 Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Proverbs 23:22 (KJV)
22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.

Ephesians 6:2 (KJV)
2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)

4.       They honor God with their lips and not with their heart, Matthew 15:7, 8;

Isaiah 29:13 (KJV)
13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

5.       The Pharisees teach for doctrines the commandments of men, Matthew 15:9;

Colossians 2:20-22 (KJV)
20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

 

II Defilement Explained

1.       Jesus calls to the multitude to hear, Matthew 15:10

2.           It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a man, Matthew 15:11;

Titus 1:15 (KJV)
15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.

3.       The disciples tell Jesus the Pharisees are offended, Matthew 15:12

4.       Every plant, not planted by the Lord, shall be rooted up, Matthew 15:13;

1 Corinthians 3:13 (KJV)
13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.

 

III Blind Leaders

1.       If the blind lead the blind both shall fall into the ditch, Matthew 15:14;

Isaiah 9:16 (KJV)
16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.

Malachi 2:8 (KJV)
8 But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.

 

2.       Peter asks Jesus to explain the parable to them, Matthew 15:15, 16

3.       Jesus explains that it is what comes out of the heart that defiles a man, Matthew 15:17‑19;

James 3:6 (KJV)
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

Genesis 6:5 (KJV)
5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

4.       Unwashed hands do not bring defilement, Matthew 15:20

 
   
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