Jesus: The Ultimate Action Hero
Battling the Broken Mind
Such was the case for the Pharisees. In their zeal to serve God they ended up serving themselves because they lacked an objective source of truth.
It is the act of reaching out in trust and reliance on Jesus that heals not some piece of cloth or ritual.
Over the years after the Babylonian captivity, the religious leaders had added hundreds of oral traditions that they considered as binding as the Law.
They are not attacking Jesus personally, but by accusing His disciples it is like they are saying “If you were really a holy man and a rabbi, wouldn’t you have taught your disciples to obey the traditions?”
The problem the Pharisees had was they had replaced God’s Word with their own words as the authority over their lives and conduct.
It was not the diet that goes in, but the character that already lives in a person and comes out that matters.
The moment we place our own mind on the same or greater plain as God’s over what is good–we begin to layer over the top of God’s character like varnish on a piece of wood.