Read: Matthew 15:1-20
The Pharisees and scribes raise objection to the Jesusâ€™s disciples not following traditions of external cleansing. Jesus counters their accusation with the accusation that they were not obeying the commandments of God because of their tradition. Jesus teaches that holiness comes from what comes out the heart rather than what goes into the mouth, thus giving traditions much lower priority than Godâ€™s commandments.
As people of God we are called to be holy (1 Peter 1:16). Holiness comes from our hearts. The Bible reminds us that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34). â€œâ€˜Murdersâ€™ begin not with the dagger, but with the malice of the soul. â€˜Adulteries and fornicationsâ€™ are first gloated over in the heart before they are enacted by the body. The heart is the cage from whence these unclean birds fly forth.â€ (Spurgeon).
Would you ask God to help you to take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ? (1 Corinthians 10:5) As the words of this beautiful hymn reminds may we take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord