Breaking Free: It all starts somewhereSunday, October 9, 2022 by Andrew ruiz – Matthew 15:1-20
About the SeriesBreak free from emotions, and strongholds that prevent us serving God and from living a life of peace, freedom, and joy.
From a very young age we learn to monitor and control our actions. We do this in school, at our jobs and in our relationships. We monitor our behavior to save us from getting in trouble. Jesus, however, challenges his followers to go beyond monitoring our behaviors but deal with where it all comes from.
Text: Matthew 15: 1-20
1. 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.” Matthew 11:28-29 (MSG) 28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
- Did you ever go to a church where they emphasized more behavior than heart transformation? Share your experience.
- Which one of the following emotions has a way of taking control in your life?
- Anger, Envy, Lust, Unforgivness, Insecurity, Fear, Greed, your past mistakes
- Read Matthew 15:1-20
- What stands out in this passage? What got Jesus so upset?
- What is Jesus really trying to communicate to his audience?
- How well does the statement “this people praises me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; they worship me in vain, presenting human precepts as doctrines” seem to describe us, today in 2022? Why?
- What traditions have you held on to if you grew up in church?
- Are Traditions always bad or always wrong?
Verse to Memorize:
Matthew 11: 28-29 “come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.