“Traditions – 101”…Blog.
Do you have any Traditions…? Surely you celebrate ‘Christmas and Birthdays!’ Do you say, “God Bless You”, when someone sneezes? Many of us have traditions, usually handed down by our families. Some peoples have ‘Traditions’, handed down from the Culture of the country, they live in. “Thanksgiving” is celebrated in November in America, but in October, in Canada. Some traditions can be good, and some will hinder our continued development, in ‘one or more’ areas.
*** (Ecclesiastes 9:10) Whatever = your hand = finds to do, = do it with all your might; = for there is no work, = nor plan, = nor knowledge, = nor wisdom, = in the ‘grave’ = where you go [to].
Many of our Traditions… are of, a national celebration, of a Political or even, of a Religious nature. Many here, celebrate the Holidays and take full advantage of a ‘three day weekend.’ Political rallies are often taken, to extremes, to get the voters to support a particular candidate. In some areas, Religious ‘Traditions’, are celebrated by those who are ‘not’, really believers, just to be a part of the celebration. All of these can have some, beneficial ‘or’ harmful effects, depending on one’s frame of ‘heart’ and ‘mind’.
*** (Matthew 15:3-6) But He [Jesus] = answered = and said to them, = Why do = ‘you’ = also transgress = the “Commandment of God” = by = your “Tradition?”
(Matt 15:4) For God commanded, = saying, = "Honor your father and mother"; = and, = "He = who speaks = ‘evil’ = of father =or mother, = let him = die by death."
(Matt 15:5) But you ‘say’, = Whoever says = to his father or mother, = Whatever you would gain from me, [you cannot have it] = It is a gift = to God;
(Matt 15:6) and = in ‘no’ way = he ‘honors’ = his father or his mother. = And = you ‘voided’ [by practice] = the “Commandment of God” = by = your ‘Tradition’.
“Christ Jesus”, in His day and time… had 'most' of His conflict, with the Jewish Traditionalists. They had substituted the “Commandments of God”… with other ‘Traditions’, which were, in direct opposition… to the Word of God. Even today, Many Churches… do not hold to the “Absolute Authority of the Bible”. Instead they substitute their… ‘Traditions’, Teachings and Church Mandates… before the Word of God. Perhaps a simple example? There are Christian Denominations… which, Preach and Teach and Worship… only on the ‘Sabbath’, instead of Sundays.
*** (Exodus 35:2-3) Six days = shall work be done, = but = on the seventh day = there shall [it] be to you = a holy day, = a Sabbath of rest to Jehovah. = Whoever does = ‘work’ in it = shall be = “put to death”.
(Exodus 35:3) You shall kindle = ‘no fire’ = throughout your living places = upon the Sabbath day.
*** (Acts 1:12) Then they returned = to Jerusalem = from = the mount Of Olive Grove, = which is = a “Sabbath day's journey” = from Jerusalem.
When was the last time… any of today’s ‘Sabbath Keeper’… ever did ‘not cook’, or even restricted their ‘travel’, on the Sabbath Day? Were they “Killed”… as commanded by the Word of God? Instead they decided to… ‘Pick & Chose’… which part of the Word of God, they wanted to use… to validate their religious experience. They are like those, in the above verses, that did ‘not’ take care of their parents, but instead gave their monies, to the Jewish Religious Leaders, who controlled the donations.
*** (Galatians 3:11) But that = ‘no one’ = is justified = by = the Law = in the sight of God = is clear, for, = "The just shall live by faith."
*** (Mark 8:31) And He [Jesus] = began to teach them that = the Son of Man = must suffer = ‘many’ things = and = ‘be rejected’ = by the elders = and = the chief priests = and = scribes, = and = be killed, = and = after three days = “rise again”.
The Truth of Scripture… is simply that, by the ‘Keeping of the Law’, no one is justified. Even by a partial keeping of the ‘Sabbath’. No one can ‘keep’ the whole Law. “Christ Jesus” was ‘resurrected’ on Sunday, the first day of the week and that is why, most worship is, on Sundays. The importance of the “Truth of the Word of God”, is only revealed to those that are… “Truly Born Again”… by the Holy Spirit of God. That is why it is so very important ‘to know & understand’, what the Bible teaches, and ‘Not’ what are the ‘Traditions’, of some Church or Denomination.
*** (Acts 17:11) And these = were more noble = than those of Thessalonica, = in that they = ‘received’ the Word = with ‘all’ = readiness of mind = and = “searched the Scriptures” = daily = to see ‘if’ = those things = were so.
*** (Ephesians 5:10) Proving = what is = ‘acceptable’ = to = the Lord.
A Parody…! ‘What do you believe?’ Well, I believe, what my Church believes. ‘Well, what does your Church believe?’ Well, we believe, what our Pastor Believes. And what does your Pastor, believe? He believes, what our Denomination believes. And what does your Denomination, believe? We all believe… the “Same Thing!” Of course, that is ‘Not’ a laughing matter, but it shows the ‘Tradition’ mindset, of most attendees. Seldom do they… ‘Read & Study’… the “Word of God” and validate “Truth”, by what is found in the Bible. That is the very ‘Tradition’, which will lead one, to the lake of fire, and eternal damnation.
*** (Jeremiah 23:29-30) Is not = “My Word” = like a fire? = Says Jehovah [God]; = and = ‘like’ = a hammer = that breaks the rock = in pieces?
(Jer 23:30) So Jehovah says, = Behold, = I am = against the prophets [pastors] = who steal = My Words = each one from his neighbor.
*** (Isaiah 24:2) And = as it is = with the people, = so it shall be = with the priest [pastor]; = as with the servant, = so with the master; = as with the handmaid, = so it is with = her mistress; = as with the buyer, = so with the seller; = as with the lender, = so with the borrower; = as with the creditor, = so with the debtor.
Did you vote for “Change”…? Well you got it, ‘What you Deserved”, in this last election. We now have a “Debt Deficit”… which will mean, a tax increase for you, for your children and for your grandchildren. One that can, ‘never’ be repaid, but will be ‘the death’ of our nation. ‘Good Common Sense and Financial Accountability’… have been replaced, with an “Escalating National Debt” and a transfer of our nations’ wealth, to other countries. Say it isn’t so? We are going down, like the Titanic, and do not even want to know about it. “Tradition”…?
*** (1Corinthians 14:40) Let = ‘all’ things = be done = decently = and = in order.
*** (Luke 6:39) And = He [Jesus] = spoke a parable to them: = Can the blind = lead the blind? = Shall they not = ‘both’ = fall into = the ditch?
So it is… with the “Pastors and Churches”… that will ‘not’… “Hold to the ‘Standard’, of the Holy Word of God!” So too… “The Truth of the Word of God, the Bible”… has been and are being, even now, replaced… ‘By Religious Traditions!’ So many speak about “God’s Love” and how God loves. And yet… “MOST”… ‘do not’ Love… the “Word of God!” Christ Jesus is the Living Word, yet where is your love for HIM…? You say you love Him, yet you do not love Him… enough to, Love His Word…! If you do not love His Word… you do not… love Him!
*** (John 14:23-24) Jesus answered = and = said to him, = ‘If’ = a man loves Me, = he will ‘keep’ = My Word. = And = My Father = will love him, = and = We will come = to him = and make = Our abode = with him.
(John 14:24) He who = does ‘not’ = love Me = does ‘not’ = keep My Words, = and = the Word = which you hear = is not Mine, = but the Father's = Who sent Me.
*** (John 15:10) If ‘you’ = keep = My commandments, [Word] = you shall abide = in My love, = even as = “I” [Jesus] = have ‘kept’ = My Father's commandments [word] = and = abide = in His love.
The Love of God… is the Word of God! The Word of God… is the Love of God! Sorry No, that is ‘not’ double talk, it is fact. Didn’t Jesus say, in these verses… “Love is demonstrated in Obedience? Was Christ ever ‘disobedient’ to His Father? “Absolutely Not!”… Because “True Love” is demonstrated, by Obedience to the Word of God. How can you be Obedient… is you do not know, what the Word of God… say? How does one… Love God… and ‘not’ love His Word…? Have your… “Traditions”… ‘replaced your love’… for the “Word of God?”
*** (John 8:29-to-32) And = He [God] = Who sent Me [Jesus] = is with Me. = The Father = has ‘not’ = left Me alone, = for = “I” = ‘always do’ = those things = which please Him.
(John 8:30) As He [Jesus] = spoke these words, = ‘many’ = believed upon Him.
(John 8:31) Then Jesus = said to the Jews = who ‘believed’ on Him, = “If” you continue = ‘in’ = “My Word”, = you are = My disciples = indeed.
(John 8:32) And you shall = know the “Truth”, = and = the “Truth” = shall ‘make’ = you free.
How about that…? Christ always pleased God, His Father… by doing those things that pleased Him. Simply put… “The Word!” Those that are, His [real] disciples, are those who… ‘Continue in His Word’… because it is “Truth!” It is the “TRUTH”… that will set you free, from your “Traditions!” How long have you known Jesus…? How well, do you know His Word, The Bible…? Knowing Jesus and the Love of God, is demonstrated in you… “Loving, Knowing and Obeying”… His Word.
*** (Matthew 4:4) But He [Jesus] = answered and said, = It is written, = “Man shall ‘not’ = live by bread alone, = but by ‘every’ = “Word” = that proceeds = out of the mouth of God.”
*** (Luke 4:4) And Jesus answered him [Satan], = saying, = It is written that = "man shall ‘not’ live = by bread alone, = but = by ‘every’ = Word of God."
*** (John 17:17) Sanctify them = through Your = Truth. = Your = Word is Truth.
*** (John 6:63) It is the Spirit that makes alive, = the flesh profits nothing. = The “Words” = that I speak to you = are spirit and are life.
*** (Hebrews 4:12-13) For = the Word of God = is living = and = powerful = and sharper = than ‘any’ = two-edged sword, = piercing even = to the dividing apart = of = ‘soul and spirit’, = and = of the joints and marrow, = and = is a ‘discerner’ of = the thoughts = and = intents = of the [your] heart.
(Heb 4:13) Neither = is there ‘any’ creature = that is ‘not manifest’ = in His sight, = but = “all things” = are naked and opened = to the eyes of Him [God] = with Whom = we have to do.
*** (1Samuel 3:21) And Jehovah [God] = appeared again in Shiloh. = For Jehovah = “revealed” = Himself = to Samuel = in Shiloh = by = the “Word of Jehovah”.
Your Choice… God revealing Himself to you… through His Word… or you, keeping your ‘Tradition’…? Chose for Yourself… “Today!”
"NO”… Real Christian... ‘Fears’, the Word of God... “Unless”… ‘they are’… Out of … “Obedience & Fellowship” …with ‘GOD’… and with “His Word”...!"
(Psalms 138:2) I will worship = toward Your, holy temple, = and = praise Your Name = for Your loving-kindness = and = for “Your Truth's” sake; = for You [God] = have magnified = “Your Word” = ‘above all’ = Your Name. = [Psalms 119:18 & 1Samuel 3:21 & Deuteronomy 29:29]
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