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!”
3Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?
With three kids around the house, we often get informed of the wrongdoings of one or two kids by a third. When I saw these verses it sounded a lot like that to me. The Pharisees were convinced that they had Jesus cornered once again because His disciples didn’t play by their rules. Jesus stopped them in their tracks by explaining that their rules weren’t in line with God’s instructions at all. If you read the rest of the chapter you will find the verses I referred to yesterday about what we say revealing what’s in our hearts. The attitude of their heart was to point out the errors with everyone else, while completely ignoring their own problems. As Christians, we must be much more diligent about judging ourselves before God than we are about judging others place before God.