January 22, Reading 3 – Matthew 15:1-28


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SAA Notes

It is a real problem in our hearts, that we are often more upset over lack of hygiene here on earth, yet unconcerned with unclean thoughts, lives and hearts before God. Let us grieve when our loved ones walk away from Jesus the Son of God – and hang onto Jesus in prayer.

SJA Notes

* God Above, Your word is our light and roadmap and truth. Please teach us today.

“Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”

Jesus lays a powerful conviction on us here.

Do we elevate our own rules into doctrine, at the same level as God’s commands?

We hear that the Pharisees warped the commandment of God into a law of man that brought them benefit and power while removing God’s call to obedience and love.

do we do this?

Some things within our churches, within our denominations or age groups or friend groups or other christian circles we travel in – Some things might seem spiritual but are in fact man-made and detrimental to our true spiritual growth.

How can we tell the difference?

Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 3,

“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”

It is God’s word that opens our eyes, shines a light, tells us what we need to know.

It is God’s word that tells us and shows us what God’s commands for us are.

It is God’s word that points us to Jesus, His word become flesh, the holy God become man.

Hallelujah, what a God we have!

* Dear Father in Heaven,

Please write Your word on our hearts, teach us Your statutes, let Your testaments ring in our ears.

That You would be glorified, and not man.

That Your will would be done, and not the commands of man.


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