Thursday, April 20: A fine way of setting aside the commands of God
The Gospel of Mark emphasizes Jesus' role as a servant. Join with us as we venture through one section of this vital gospel that recounts many of Jesus' actions during his ministry years.
Read Mark 7:9-13
And he continued, "You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions! For Moses said, 'Honor your father and mother,' and, 'Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.' But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is Corban (that is, devoted to God)— then you no longer let them do anything for their father or mother. Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that."
Not only would the Pharisees follow the letter of the law but not the spirit, from yesterday's passage, but here we see how they distort the law, stretching it Silly-Putty thin, into a caricature that can barely be recognized. Are you ever tempted to do something similar? Have you ever looked at Jesus' commands and rationalized your way into thinking that your actions demonstrated the kingdom of God "close enough"?
God accepts his children without reservation, without condition, without hesitation. So the next time you see that you've fallen short or screwed up in some way, rather than hiding behind a religious cloak and pretending everything's OK, try being brutally honest with God instead. He's tough; he can take whatever you dish out. And—oh!—he already knows you and your actions anyway.