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Jesus criticizes the religious scholars.

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   Jesus, quoting the prophet Isaiah, says in Mt. 15:9

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   “[You Pharisees are] are teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.”¹

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   What does this mean? The intellectual religious scholars and teachers of the day were altering the meaning of Holy Scripture to serve their person agendas, and therefore distorting God’s teaching. Jesus was calling them out on this, challenging not only their faith, but their social position and livelihood.

   Not a popular message.

   Not an uncommon practice today.

   True Biblical teaching challenges “personal agendas.” This doesn’t bother most people because because, first of all, they’re unfamiliar with the Bible. As (nonscholarly) people become deeply informed about what the Bible teaches, expect them to (a) come to Christ for salvation, or (b) push to have the Bible shelved, banned in one way or the other, or rejected as a piece of offensive hate literature.

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   ¹ As always, one should examine the context for a more full understanding.