The Traditions of The Elders were equivalent to what we call religion. Christ is The second person of The Godhead, He is not a tradition nor is He a religion. However, the Church at large has made Him so.
Matt. 5: 20 “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and the Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Tradition in Matthew 15 is the Greek word “paradosis”, which means in this context: The root of this word is the same as “Comforter”, Greek “parakletos”= summoned, called to one’s side, or called alongside to help/helper. Paradosis is also called alongside to help The Law. It means “of the body of percepts. Especially ritual, which in the opinion of the later Jews were orally delivered by Moses and orally transmitted in unbroken succession to subsequent generations, which precepts, both illustrating and expanding the written law, as they did were to be obeyed with equal reverence”. My question to you is, do you obey the traditions of your denomination that have been transmitted to you in unbroken succession to your generation? The traditions that make you call yourself a Baptist, Methodist, AME, Lutheran, Southern Baptist, or even Catholic. What truly shapes the way you think about your relationship with Christ, i.e. if you have a relationship with Him?
2b) of the body of precepts, especially ritual, which in the opinion of the later Jews were orally delivered by Moses and orally transmitted in unbroken succession to subsequent generations, which precepts, both illustrating and expanding the written law, as they did were to be obeyed with equal reverence.
The Word of God does not need any assist from us. It is pure and uncorruptable as is. On the other hand, when we make the same mistake of the religious leaders of Jesus day, according to The LORD they would “akuroō”, i.e.
:1) to render void, deprive of force and authority
Revelation 22:18 “I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are in this book.” The added 613
I know it is a bitter pill to swallow, but sometimes we must ask ourselves the tough questions. Have you allowed the traditions of your church deprived God’s Word of the force and authority it should have in your life?
2 Timothy 3:1 “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” NKJV
What is in your heart? Do you even know where or what your heart is?
Matthew 19:1-8 New King James Version (NKJV)
Marriage and Divorce
19: 1 Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these sayings, that He departed from Galilee and came to the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. 2 And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them there. 3 The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?” 4 And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” 7 They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?”
8 He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so”. Moses allowed some of these traditions because their hearts were as hard as the stone in which the Ten Commandments had been written.
A Tree Known by Its Fruit
Matt. 12: 33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”