Scripture: Matthew 15 & 1 Thessalonians 5
Matthew 15 “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” (Matthew 15:8, 9 ESV)
This is the point of verse 1-20. The heart. The quicker we understand that its not obeying rules or laws but that God has always been after the hearts of His people (think of the first commandment you shall not have another god before Me & the greatest commandment love the Lord your God with all your HEART, mind, soul & strength) the fast we will stop worrying if one sin will separate us from the love of God.
This problem that Jesus tells the Pharisees is their issue is the same issue that plagues do many churches and Christians: following man’s traditions verse God’s word.
If we were to ask people in the church questions that about scripture like most people outside the church they would unfortunately get just as many wrong. Cleanliness is not next to godliness. We’ve got to be people who hunger & thirst for righteousness and we aren’t going to find it outside of God’s word.
Back to the heart issue. Jesus says what comes from the heart is what God is concerned about. He says from the heart comes evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft false witness & slander. But if we do what hearts do and that is love, and so if we love God and seek to please Him like we do all those that we love our hearts won’t be filled with these evil ways but with God’s ways.
vs 21-28 Jesus heals this woman’s child even though He says He was sent to be a sign to the Jews first and the apostles would take salvation to the Gentiles. But this persistent woman keeps on Jesus because she knows He can heal her daughter. I wonder if her statement about the crumbs from the table eludes to it just taking a little of Jesus power to heal her daughter or that she understands He came to the Jews first and her position as a Gentile and because of her understanding Jesus heals her daughter. Anyways her faith is commended and we ask would ours be?
1 Thessalonians 5
vs 1- starts out interesting where Paul says I really don’t need to tell you this but I will.
vs 2- Paul says you already know, Jesus return is like a thief in the night. You never know when they are planning to attack, so be ready.
A lot of Christians waste a lot of time focused when Jesus is coming back and what are the signs leading up to it. We will never know. We need to fill our time focused on the mission of the church: making disciples who make disciples. If we do this we will be ready when He comes back and we’ll never have to worry about the signs of the time that may or may not be what ushers in His second coming.