Let us muse again today from Matthew 15:14 the theme of Jesus the king. In our text for study today we find a truth on the subject of the ditch. Our Lord speaks of the blind teachers who are teaching those things which are not in the Bible. We are told that the blind teachers are teaching blind students and as they walk along in their studies there is a ditch just ahead which both are about to fall into. The great lesson for us is no one can stop it apart from a miracle of grace from the God that opens blinded eyes. There is blindness all around us let us pray to the God who alone can open blinded eyes.
Let us muse again today from Matthew 15:13 and the theme of Jesus the king. In our text yesterday we were confronted with the offended people of religion. In today’s text we find the hoe of the Father. Let us remember our Father is the husbandman of the garden. He controls all that goes on in the garden. If our religion is not all of God it will come to end, that end will be destruction. It matters not how beautiful the bloom of religion if the Father didn’t plant it, He will not water or dung it, but root it up. Let us be leery of those who are constantly offended by the teachings of the deeper things of the Word of God, they may not have been planted by the Father.
Let us muse again today from Matthew 15:12 and the theme of Jesus the king. In our text today we find offended defined. The Pharisees apparently had made friends with the disciples and the disciples come to Jesus and told Him did you know the Pharisees were offended by what you said? Our Lord had purposely said what He did to see if it would offend them. It had unmasked them for what they really were. When tempted to deal sympathetically with offended people remember Psalms 119:165 great peace have they which love thy law; and nothing shall offend them. People who are offended show their lack of love for the Word of God.
Let us muse again today from Matthew 15:11 and the theme of Jesus the king. In our text for today we find the riddle of the ages. The riddle would say that the defilement of man is not that which is on the outside going in but that which is on the inside coming out. The Pharisees who place so much emphasis on the laws of tradition, man’s appearance, and morals would be enraged . Jesus said the problem was not outward but inward depravity. Oh I wish we would direct more of our preaching to the inward man and less to the outward man. We might could experience another great awakening.
Let us muse again today from Matthew 15: 10 and the theme of Jesus the king. We learn from our small but simply profound text today that our Lord would rather teach the bottom feeders. He turns to the sinners and publicans because He knows they will hear and understand. The Pharisees and scribes were to full of their tradition and their own beliefs to learn from Jesus. I would a million times over rather preach and teach people who know nothing about the Bible than long time so-called, “Christian” end of quote.
Let us muse again today from Matthew 15:9 and the theme of Jesus the king. In our text today our Lord offers a rebuke for the teaching of man’s doctrines. In fact He tells them if you teach what you think, feel, or tradition taught, you worship me in vain. The word vain is the word for a vapor that appears for a moment and then vanishes away. This is another argument for preaching the Bible expositional , line upon line. When we take each word and give its meaning from the ancient languages in its context we get more the mind of God and less of the doctrines of man.
Let us muse again today from Matthew 15:7-8 and the theme of Jesus the king. In our word for today we find hypocrites defined. In answer to those use excuses for not honoring their father and mother, our Lord calls them hypocrites. He defines them as one who gives God tongue and lip honor but their heart is far from God. Let us guard our own hearts, search our hearts, and be careful lest they be far from God.