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Don't Act Like You Are Caring...Really CARE For Your Parents!

Mark 7:6-13 New International Version

6 He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 7 They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’[a] 8 You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.” 9 And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe[b] your own traditions! 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’[c] and, ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’[d] 11 But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their what might have been used to help their father or mother is Corban (that is, devoted to God)— 12 then you no longer let them do anything for their father or mother. 13 Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”

Tuesday - August 31

“Hypocrite” was originally used to describe a stage actor. Someone who “put on another face.” Here, Jesus says the religious leaders are “acting religious,” but really care about their own power through traditions. God had commanded for people to care for their parents. Yet, some religious leaders would exempt people from that law if they gave an offering to God at the Temple. Isn’t giving to God’s Temple more religious?! Doesn’t it count more? Jesus said, “NO!” God’s word, not our religious “acting” is true and good. We often make God’s word void and meaningless. We might “act” religious, but we care more about all sorts of other things than what God has actually said. For example, who really wants to love their enemy?! (Matt. 5:43-48)

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