TEACHINGS ON JUSTICE/JESUS TEACHES ABOUT JUSTICE/MORE THAN LIP SERVICE

Study Date: 17 June 18  
Biblical Date: A.D. 29           
Biblical Location: Eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee       
Scripture: Matthew 15: 1-9

Key Verse:  “The people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.”  (Matthew 15: 8)

RESOURCES FOR THE SEED  

Isaiah 1: 12-17; Amos 5: 18-24; Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 5: 16; 2 Corinthians 3: 1-6; Acts 10: 23-33; Mark 7: 14-23. 

OBJECTIVE: 
  • To contrast obedience to God with that of the Pharisees.
  • To explore the teaching of Jesus on justice and hypocrisy.
  • To Show that God wants our hearts not just our words.
  • To repent of offering life service to god and neglecting inward honor.
  • To follow God whole heartedly and not with mere outward tradition.
  • To live and act as God’s Word taught us.
WORDS TO REMEMBER

Doctrines—teachings, instruction, learning.

Hypocrites—pretenders, dissemblers.

Tradition—that which comes from word of mouth or ole writings.

TILLING THE SOIL

Which is more important keeping the law by the heart or forcing it by appointed officers?

How can we be sure the people have minds and hearts for God’s work?

What might the people be saying when they defeat the programs and plans of the church?

Why are some leaders accused of breaking with old traditions and long held customs?

What are some reasons smiling faces turn sour among church members?

THE SEED        TEACHINGS ON JUSTICE/MORE THAN LIP SERVICE              Matthew 15: 1-9

  1. When Tradition Takes Priority Over God’s Word (Matthew 15: 1-2)
  2. Hand washing had nothing to do with sanitation or ordinary cleanliness.
  3. This ritual came from fear of brushing against a Gentile or something of a Gentile.
  4. Pharisees saw this ritual as important as divine authority.
  5. Christ wanted them opened to new things.
  6. Clean Hands Versus Pure Hearts (Matthew 15: 3-6)
  7. Jesus called their attention to the obedience to God’s law over man.
  8. Are you using tradition to get around the law of God?
  9. Do we break the commandments of God for the sake of our own traditions?
  10. Jesus rejected oral tradition in favor of written law.
  11. The spirit of the law overrides the letter.
  12. What God says means more than what humans say, heart over the hands.
  13. Honoring God With Our Lips (Matthew 15: 7-9)
  14. Misguided traditions lead to unjust, uncaring, and unkind behavior.
  15. Flowery talk is nothing more.
  16. Bing close to God demands the heart not just the hands.
  17. WE are most useful to God when we obey His commands.

When we obey God from the heart, we see people and things as they are seen by God.  God sees our hearts and knows the real us.

PLANTING THE SEED

Who were the Scribes?

Who were the Pharisees?

How did the two groups view their traditions?

What tradition were the disciples accused of not observing?

What was unique about Jesus’ answer to the scribes and Pharisees?

What commandments did Jesus say the scribes and Pharisees violated?

What was meant by the “practice of Corban”?

Why were the accusers call hypocrites?

Are some of us guilty of hypocrisy?

To whom did Jesus quote regarding vain worship?

Why was the worship of the scribes and Pharisees in vain?

NURTURING THE SEED

What cause us to see the shortcomings of others so easily?

Why were the Pharisees so completely focus on religious tradition?

How can we honor parents we think have mistreated us?

How did Jesus show religious tradition do not go as far as divine commandments?

In what ways did the Pharisees try to substitute gifts for honoring  parents.

What should we do to keep our worship pointing toward God?

FRUIT FROM THE SEED

People often focus on ungodly things when their hearts are not right with God.

Examine your own motives before questioning those of others.

Show your love for God by honoring your parents.

Causes and traditions should never come before family.

Motives are more important to God than what we say.

Worship designed to please men is worthless.

When God’s law is in conflict with man’s law, chose God’s Law.

Parents are to be respected and honored by children.

Even the scribes and Pharisees must answer to God.