The Pharisees and the Lawyers ( Teachers Of The Law ) came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, "Why do your disciples break the tradition of our ancestors? They do not wash their hands, for example, before eating a meal."
Jesus replied, "And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? For example, God has said, 'Honor your father and your mother' and 'Whoever curses father or mother shall be put to death.' Yet you declare a person will not have to honor his father or mother if he says to them, 'Any support you might have had from me is dedicated to God'. This means for the sake of tradition, you have canceled out God's word. You Hypocrites! How accurately did Isaiah prophesy about you when he said:
but their heart is really far away from me.
It is no use for them to worship me,
because they teach man-made rules
as though they were my laws!'
Then Jesus called the crowd to him and said to them, "Listen and understand. It is not what goes into a man's mouth that makes him unclean; rather, what comes out of it makes him unclean."
The disciples came to Jesus and told him that the Pharisees were offended by what he had said. Jesus answered, "Every plant which my Father in heaven did not plant will be pulled up. Don't worry about them! They are blind leaders of the blind; and when one blind man leads another, both fall into a ditch."
His disciples asked him to explain this saying. Jesus said, "Why are you having trouble understanding this? Anything that goes into a person's mouth goes into his stomach and then on out of his body. But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these are the things that make a person unclean. For from his heart come the evil ideas which lead him to kill, commit adultery, and do other immoral things; to rob, lie, and slander others. These are the things that make a person unclean. But to eat without washing your hands as they say you should-- this doesn't make a person unclean."
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January Lazarus And The Rich Man ("about death & believing")
February The Greatest Commandment ("about love")
March The Lost Sheep & The Lost Son ("rejoicing for who has given up their life of sin")
April The Meaning Of Easter - Three Examples From Jesus
May The Worry Of Daily Life
June The Ten Lepers
July The Good Samaritan
August How To Give and How To Pray
September The Un-believing Towns
October Signs Revealing Christ's Return To Earth
November     The Last Supper
December Why We Should Celebrate Christmas
February Marriage, Adultery, and Divorce
March Jesus Chooses The Apostles
April The Coming Persecutions For The Believers
May Jesus Feeds 5000 Men, ( not counting the women and children ) ( part 1 )
June Jesus Walks On The Water ( part 2 )
July The Bread Of Life ( part 3 )
August The Meaning Of The Cross
September Jonah And The Whale
October Jesus And The Devil ( Satan )
November Jesus And The Sabbath ( The Day Of Rest )
December The Christmas Story ( The Birth Of Jesus )
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