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KEEP IT REAL

December 28, 2015

Monday

 

Matthew 15:8

 

These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

 

 

LESSON

 

Isaiah addressed the words that Jesus quoted to Jerusalem Jews, who sometimes allowed external acts of worship to vitiate principle. Rather than continuing God’s will, the Jews’ traditions perpetuated the spirit of the hypocrites in Isaiah’s day. The context of the Isaiah quotation is a criticism of the Jews for displacing heartfelt worship with mere ritual. Isaiah branded this type of religion “vain.” The hypocrites in his day had substituted their own teachings for God’s. Jesus’ application of this quotation to the Pharisees and law teachers of His day, therefore, condemned their entire worship of God, not just their carefully observed traditions.

Fake Christians sin on purpose saying I’ll just repent later and disobey God’s teachings. Even though we are all sinners Christians don’t sin willfully and deliberately.

 

Memory Verse: 1 John 2:4

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