FATHER or PHARISEE?
Then came to
What does it mean to "Transgress the commandment of
God?" vs 3. The word
transgresses means to go contrary to, to violate.
The prefix "pro" means to affirm, or it
means to be in favor of.
To make matters worse, in vs.6
Remember, there was then and there are now
those traditions that have come directly from the heart of
God, and from His word. Those are the things we
need to hold on to.
Communion, the body and blood of our Lord is
not just a tradition, but rather a commandment set by the
The traditions that
So, what are we talking about? Glad you
Vs. 2. "
the blood of the ancient Pharisees run through the heart of the church in the
day that we live in?
ʖ Do you think it's
I believe one of the most significant moves of
God as it relates to the prodigals is about to unfold. Those that years
ago accepted Jesus as Lord and King, only to walk away for numerous reasons,
are getting ready (by the Holy Ghost) to once again step back
into the romance and intimacy that the Father has longed for.
And when they come they may bring with them some interesting things.
Habits, language, wild and menacing attire and attitudes, hurts, wounds,
and we won't even try to discuss their hair.
Not only the prodigal, but those folks that are
coming to know
¨ Friend or foe?
¨ Comfort or combative?
¨ Safe or savage?
What will they see when they come to the doors of
our buildings? What will they hear and perceive?
The Pharisees in Mt. 15 thought it only
right and proper to have the disciples wash before receiving bread.
Quick thought: Who is the
bread of life? Yes.
How are we - according to His own words - to
approach Him as the bread of life, so as to receive Him as the bread
¨ Do the clothes need to be
¨ Or even clean for that
¨ Does the hair have to
be in a "Holy Ghost bun?" to receive this bread of
¨ Am I able to receive Him as this bread of life
when my heart is hard and wounded, or do I have to be perfect in attire
and attitude to receive this bread of life?
The truth is
That's me on the good days, and the bad
days! I need this ‘Bread of
Life’ we call
Want to know something? So do you
So will everyone walking into the doors of our
Problem! If I stand back with the heart of
the Pharisee, and demand that the sick, lame and withered get fixed and all
cleaned up before I give them this bread, woe be it unto me!
If I insist that they quit smoking, chewing (GROSS!) drinking,
cussing and messing around before I offer them this ‘Bread of life’ - woe be it
If I welcome them with the heart of the
older brother in Luke 15, and not with the heart of the Father, than I truly do
not understand the purpose for the death and resurrection of
These Pharisees and scribes, according to the TRADITIONS OF THE ELDERS, demanded
that the disciples of
Messed up lives, problems, drug and alcohol
abuse; on the fourth marriage, and haven't taken a shower for 21 days… do
I still give them
The truth is, we want to
clean the fish before we catch them. It's tradition! Passed on down through time and generations. The problem is, you can't find that thinking in the life of
God bless you!