February 6, 2019 
Good Morning Trinity,

I hope and pray your week has been a blessing to you. This is your scripture reading this week. Read it when your day allows. No wait, read it now, the Lord will always bless you when you take time to include Him in your day.

Matthew 15:1-20

Take notice of what the Pharisees were complaining to Jesus about in the second verse of this scripture reading. Their concern was to the breaking of the tradition of the elders. Jesus in His wisdom reminded them that they were a bunch of hypocrites because they allowed their traditions to come before the commandments of God. Oral law was regarded by the Pharisees to have the same authority as God’s written law.

Many of our traditions in the church are done to show our reverence toward God and our participation in those traditions was meant to bring us into a closer relationship with Him. Unfortunately many of our traditions as was the case of the Pharisees with their hand washing, can become traditions performed without emotion or feeling. When a tradition ceases to come from the heart it ceases to be precious in our Lord’s sight. The Lord sees through the person we think we are and sees the heart of who He knows we are. That is why God told Israel at a point in their history, and I paraphrase this, I don’t want your sacrifices, I want your heart.

Abraham Lincoln said “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.” Let me add one line to that quote, and you will never fool God. Matthew 12: 34 says “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” The Pharisees did not fool Jesus and for sure we do not fool Him either. No amount of rituals, traditions, or good works can hide what is truly in our hearts.

How is your heart this morning? In all that this world brings upon you can Jesus see His reflection in your heart? Think about it.

God Bless,
Pastor Dave