Have you elevated your opinion above the word of God?

Matthew Bible Background

01.21.2018 – New Testament: Matt 15.3–6

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 15.1–20 on January 21, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

Without intending to do so, we sometimes place our traditions, customs, or opinions above the word of God. The scribes and Pharisees did that without realizing it. After they had criticized the disciples of Jesus for not keeping a tradition of the elders, He said to them,

“Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God—then he need not honor his father or mother.’ Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition” (Matthew 15.3–6).

Have you done anything like what the scribes and Pharisees did? It may not be the same tradition, but perhaps you elevated something so high, that if others do not keep it, you believe they have sinned.


  • Do you examine all your beliefs and practices by the word of God?
  • When you discover that one of your ways contradicts the will of God, do you change or do you look for someone who will give you a different interpretation of the Scriptures?

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