Isaiah 29:13 Then the Lord said, “Because this people draw near with their words and honor Me with their lip service, But they remove their hearts far from Me, And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote,
Matthew 15:2-3 “Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” And He answered and said to them, “Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?
1 Corinthians 11:2 Now I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you.
2 Thessalonians 2:15 So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.
TRADI’TION: Webster’s 19th century dictionary partial definition; 1. The delivery of opinions, doctrines, practices, rites and customs from father to son, or from ancestors to posterity; the transmission of any opinions or practice from forefathers to descendants by oral communication, without written memorials. Thus children derive their vernacular language chiefly from tradition. Most of our early notions are received by tradition from our parents.
The word tradition I have heard many times from Pastor’s, Teachers, and church laymen, as well as from non-Christians, and secular leaders. I never thought much about what it really meant or how important tradition is to most people. I did know some people were willing to go to a great extent to protect or preserve their traditions, even to fighting wars. What got me to thinking about traditions is the bible, especially Jesus. He had a lot to say to the Jews about their traditions of man and their legalism. He rebuked them big time. But while I pondered the bad traditions Jesus rebuked, I also found places where Paul encouraged me to keep the traditions he handed down, especially his letters. What should all this mean to me? I came to the conclusion that I should concentrate on the Word of God if He created the tradition, observe it, if He didn’t don’t worry about it. The only traditions I need to live by are his. There are good, bad, true, and false traditions. There are many harmless traditions, like family traditions, and others that are OK for me to observe, but I better make sure they do not hinder my relationship with Jesus. This is not easy and requires much prayer and bible study to stay on the narrow path with Him. The traditions created by others before my time seem to be the hardest to define as good or bad, because I grew up in them as a way of life.
Lord, help me observe the traditions that please you and ignore those that don’t.