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.
Let us muse again today from Matthew 15: 4-6 and the theme of Jesus the king. In our text today our Lord deals with the honor of parents. The great commandment of promise is here in play that you are to honor your parents that your days upon the earth may be long. Our Lord brings up here a tradition of saying Corbin the word for a gift when speaking of assets that a person would use to help their parents. This cry Corbin was to say that the assets were set aside for the Temple. Our Lord said any ploy to keep from honoring parents is a violation of the command.