Jun 29, 2018 |Thread

Traditions

06.29.18 | Thread

Traditions

Mark

When man-made traditions are elevated as greater than God-written scripture, we make void what Christ did on the cross. How do we distract ourselves from the liberating message of the Gospel? Zach Nachazel guides us through the book of Mark and reminds us to focus our daily rhythms on the Gospel.

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Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands properly, holding to the tradition of the elders, and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.)

Mark 7:1-4

 

You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you.

Deuteronomy 4:2

 

Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it.

Deuteronomy 12:32

 

Every word of God proves true;
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
Do not add to his words,
lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.

Proverbs 30:5-6

 

And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written,
“‘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.’
You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.”

Mark 7:5-8

 

And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”’ (that is, given to God)— then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.”

Mark 7:9-13

 

The example in the New Testament was always by immersion after salvation. Baptism is the best representation of our death (burial under the water) to our old way of life and our resurrection (coming up out of it) to a new life in Christ. Any “baptism rite” prior to your decision to receive Christ for salvation wouldn’t be a true baptism since you could not reason a choice as an infant. True baptism always took place after salvation was decided and never involved sprinkling.

Baptism at Riv

 

So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.

Mark 16:19-20

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