Isaiah 29:13 with Matthew 15:7-9 August 16, 2007Posted by roberttalley in Bible, False Doctrine, Hypocrisy, Isaiah, Matthew, Religion.
In my devotions, I am slowly reading through Isaiah and am understanding some things that I had easily overlooked before. Jesus quotes Isaiah 29:13 in Matthew 15:7-9 when He criticizes the traditions of men that were being followed in his time. The last part of the quote is, “And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”
Is my worship, both the motivation for it and the expression of it governed by God’s Word or by men’s expectations and/or commands? Why do I obey God, fear God? The commandment of man? The commandment of God? That is the difference between hypocrisy and reality. The end of man’s wisdom is made clear in the following verse of Isaiah 29, verse 14 (which is quoted by Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:19). It will perish.
How important it is to follow God and His Word which will not perish but is eternal rather than to follow man whose best wisdom is illusory and ends ultimately in destruction.