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Mark 7:1-13 Hypocrites Indeed

Twice on the left, then twice on the right

Twice on the left, then twice on the right

We join Jesus today while He and His disciples are having dinner. During the meal a group of Pharisees and scribes approach Him. They are aghast at His disciples’ behavior and are going to make sure He knows about it.

The Pharisees are going to confront Jesus on the lines of the oral traditions or the traditions of the elders. According to TempleInstitute.org the traditions of the elders was originally a set of oral rules said to have been handed down to Moses during his time on Mt. Sini , while BibleHistory.com states that they were first seen in practice during Israel’s captivity by Babylon. They were supposed to be like a buffer surrounding the Torah so, if observed, the user would be assured they would not be in danger of breaking one of God’s written laws. These oral traditions were finally written down in 200 A.D. and were called the Mishnah.  Read more »