PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Mark 7:9-13
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down.” (Mark 7:13)
Jesus comes announcing the kingdom of God, and here we see a clash of kingdoms.
The religious leaders had set up their own mini-kingdom, with their own rules.
They elevated God’s message for all to see, but they interpreted their way out from under it.
Despite God’s concern for care for elderly parents, they set up this religious loophole.
And according to Jesus this is a pattern: “And you do many things like that.” (7:13).
In the kingdom of God, we willingly submit to and honour God and others in love.
This is the fulfillment of the law, and the point of God’s message to Israel.
Are we today also setting aside God’s message for our own ‘traditions’?
Jesus says ‘turn the other cheek’ but we’ve worked out ways to avoid that.
Jesus says ‘sell your possessions and give to the poor’ but he can’t actually mean that!
Jesus says ‘love your enemies’, but we’ve redefined love to make it less like Jesus’s love.
I am sure we can think of ways that other people nullify God’s word.
But Jesus also said ‘take the log from your own eye’… do we nullify that too?
I believe we all nullify God’s message somehow; are we open to Jesus showing this to us?
Lord, you know my heart. You know where I’ve created loopholes or excuses for not actually doing what you said. May your kingdom come in my life.