Matthew 15:8-9 -Doctrines or Commandments of Men?

Matthew 15:8-9
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

-Jesus here compares the two prevailing philosophies in the world; 1) Doctrines, which are God’s words, and 2) Commandments of men, which are men’s words.  Jesus tells us that those who teach men’s words offer nothing but empty worship.  It must also follow that those who receive men’s word get nothing but empty worship.  Never forget this truth; the wisdom of man may be edifying in some cases, it may even seem profitable, but ultimately it will leave you empty.


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