MESSAGE NOTES:


Matthew 15:1-20
Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and
asked, 2  “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash
their hands before they eat!”
3  Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your
tradition? 4  For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses
their father or mother is to be put to death.’ 5  But you say that if anyone declares
that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to
God,’  6  they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the
word of God for the sake of your tradition.  7  You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when
he prophesied about you:
8  “‘These people honor me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me.
9  They worship me in vain;
    their teachings are merely human rules.’”
10  Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand.  11  What goes into
someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is
what defiles them.”
12  Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees were
offended when they heard this?”
13  He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled
up by the roots.  14  Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind,
both will fall into a pit.”
15  Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.”
16  “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them.  17  “Don’t you see that whatever enters
the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body?  18  But the things that
come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.  19  For
out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft,
false testimony, slander.  20  These are what defile a person; but eating with
unwashed hands does not defile them.”


Paradox –
1 - A seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when
investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true.

2 - A statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning
from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically
unacceptable, or self-contradictory.


Matthew 10:39,
39  Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will
find it.


Matthew 15:1-2,
Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and
asked, 2  “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash
their hands before they eat!”


Matthew 23:25-26,
25  “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the
outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-
indulgence.  26  Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then
the outside also will be clean.


Matthew 15:3-6
3  Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your
tradition? 4  For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses
their father or mother is to be put to death.’ 5  But you say that if anyone declares
that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to
God,’  6  they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the
word of God for the sake of your tradition.


Matthew 7:3-5
3  “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no
attention to the plank in your own eye?  4  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me
take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own
eye?  5  You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will
see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Matthew 15:7-9
7  You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:

8  “‘These people honor me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me.
9  They worship me in vain;
    their teachings are merely human rules.’”


Moron – comes from the Greek word Moros meaning ‘fool’ or ‘foolish’


1 Corinthians 3:16-19,
16  Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells
in your midst?  17  If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person;
for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.
18  Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of
this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise.  19  For the wisdom
of this world is foolishness in God’s sight.


1 Corinthians 1:25-31,
25  For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God
is stronger than human strength.
26  Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of
you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of
noble birth.  27  But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise;
God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  28  God chose the
lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to
nullify the things that are,  29  so that no one may boast before him.  30  It is because
of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from
God—that is, our righteousness, 
holiness and redemption.  31  Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts
boast in the Lord.”


1 Corinthians 4:10-13,
10  We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are
strong! You are honored, we are dishonored!  11  To this very hour we go hungry and
thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless.  12  We work hard
with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we
endure it;  13  when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum
of the earth, the garbage of the world—right up to this moment.


Matthew 10:39,
39  Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will
find it.

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