Who is a Hypocrite anyway?

Mark 7:1-13 Now the Pharisees and some of the Torah scholars who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Yeshua. (2) And they saw that some of His disciples were eating bread with unclean hands, that is, not washed. (3) (For the Pharisees and all Jewish people do not eat unless they wash their hands up to the elbow, keeping the tradition of the elders. (4) And when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they perform a ritual washing. There are many other traditions they have received and hold, such as the washing of cups, pitchers, copper vessels.) (5) The Pharisees and Torah scholars questioned Yeshua (Jesus), “Why don’t Your disciples walk according to the tradition of the elders? Why do they eat bread with unwashed hands?” (6) And He said to them, “Rightly did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors Me with their lips but their heart is far from Me. (7) And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ (8) Having left behind the commandment of God, you hold on to the tradition of men.” (9) He was also telling them, “You set aside the commands of God, in order that you may validate your own tradition. (10) For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘He who speaks evil of father or mother must be put to death.’ (11) But you say if anyone tells his father or mother, ‘Whatever you might have gained from me is korban (that is, an offering to God),’ (12) then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, (13) making void the word of God with your tradition that you’ve handed down. And you do many such things.”

Matthew 23:1-3 Then Yeshua spoke to the crowds and to His disciples, (2) saying, “The Torah scholars and Pharisees sit on the seat of Moses. (3) So whatever they tell you, do and observe. But don’t do what they do; for what they say, they do not do.

When Torah scholar (scribes) and Pharisees sat on the seat of Moses they would read directly from the Torah.

King Salmon said, “History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new” (Ecclesiastes 1:9).

Mark 7:1-13 and Matthew 23:1-3 speak to all who keep Oral Torah above the Written Torah! It also speaks to every Christian, denomination and church with their different man-made traditions and theologies which they teach and act like it came from God Himself.

2 Peter 3:15-18 Bear in mind that the patience of our Lord means salvation—just as our dearly loved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom given to him. (16) He speaks about these matters in all of his letters. Some things in them are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist (as they also do with the rest of the Scriptures)—to their own destruction. (17) Since you already know all this, loved ones, be on your guard so that you are not led astray by the error of the lawless and lose your sure footing. (18) Instead, keep growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Yeshua the Messiah. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity! Amen.

Deuteronomy 4:2 You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of Yahweh your God that I command you.

Mat 4:4 But He (Yeshua) replied, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God’(Deut. 8:3).”

Remember that when Yeshua said this the New Testament wasn’t even written yet!

1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God—that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.

Repent, pray and strive not to be a hypocrite and do not follow hypocrites.

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