Monday, May 4, 2015 4:24 AM

The Well-Meaning Will of Man

Monday, May 4, 2015 4:24 AM
Monday, May 4, 2015 4:24 AM

Down through the ages one of the greatest enemies of scripture is the will of well-meaning men. After the Babylonian captivity, the Jewish leaders set about to build a hedge around the Law of Mosses so as not to fall again into captivity due to sin. The Law was all that they needed, but they thought that they would help God out with more laws.

They could not and did not keep what God had given them, yet they thought that by adding more they could. Any tradition that stands higher than God’s word will fail no matter the certainty of well-meaning men. Here is a quote by V. Vadney from his book “The Arrogant Journey”.

“Oral tradition among the Rabbis developed in the time after the rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem (515 BC to AD 70). These oral traditions eventually became the Talmud. The Talmud is a collection of Jewish law and tradition, and is represented by the Mishnah and the Gemara.

Jesus came into conflict with this Jewish Rabbi oral tradition during His ministry. One example is found in Mark 7:1–23 (see also Matthew 15:1–20). The oral tradition had degenerated to the point that a person did not have to honor his father and mother if he instead gave the money to the Temple. Jesus charges the Jewish leaders with rejecting the command of God in order to establish their traditions. Because of this Jesus said they had vain worship because they taught as doctrine the commandments of men.”[1]

[1] Vadney, V. (2012). The Arrogant Journey: Hermeneutics and Church History (20). Abilene, TX: Desert Willow Publishing.

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