MembersWhen it comes to His Father’s good name, Jesus pulls no punches

The 10th installment of our series on the World of the Bible, to help you gain a better understanding of Scripture.

By David Lazarus | | Topics: World of the Bible
Illustration. Jesus walking with his disciples.
Illustration. Jesus walking with his disciples. Photo: Courtesy The Chosen

Then Jesus went thence and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. (Matt. 15:21)

Jesus gets into a heated dispute with the Pharisees in this chapter over the Jewish ritual of washings before meals. He appeals to the prophet Isaiah who warned that rituals often ignore the deeper moral issues that are intended to encourage a life of discipline and daily reminder of walking with God. But when worship or ritual become a substitute for obedience to God’s moral laws, His mercy and love, it is a hypocritical abomination that displeases Him more than most sins because it is taking the His Holy Name in vain (Is. 29:13).

The religious leaders are deeply offended by Jesus’ unrestrained denunciation of the way they are practicing rituals while ignoring the greater matters of the law in such a severe manner that even the disciples are concerned. “Are You aware that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?” they ask their Lord.

But Jesus pulls no punches and warns them pointedly: “Disregard them! They are blind guides.” Do not miss...

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4 responses to “When it comes to His Father’s good name, Jesus pulls no punches”

  1. G. Ian Goodson says:

    So what Jesus was doing was demonstrating to the disciples that the Gentiles also needed the gospel and would be hungry for it. He was also showing that the Gentile relationship to dogs was the better one and this was an enacted parable that would be repeated in Peter’s vision in Acts.

    I know of no precedent to Peter Pan. It is solely the creation of J.M.Barrrie.

    • David Lazarus says:

      Thanks. Glad to know someone is engaging in these Bible studies. Keep the comments coming. Duly noted on old St. Pete. T’was just my way of having fun 🙂

  2. John Taylor says:

    David Lazarus,
    I’ve really enjoyed your articles over the last 8 years or so. I became an Evangelical Christian in 1969 and have studied a lot about the history of the Jews/Israel since the days of Herzl.
    I have some questions about the Bible, the OT, Jesus, the NT and the rise of Islam and its effect on Jews through the years. Would you have the time and willingness to engage in an ongoing exchange of emails so that I can learn your opinions on some of Israel and its history?
    Could you also mention my request to other writers such as Ryan J, Stan G, Charles G or anyone else you think may be interested?
    Thank you, John E Taylor

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