The Traditions of Men

© copyright 2008 brother Michael

One day came the Scribes and Pharisees to the Lord,
Being agreed in purpose, of one mind and accord.
Saying why do thy disciples eat with unwashen hands?
For transgress they our laws, and break they our commands.
Dost thou not know how righteous are we,
In how we serve God, through our many decrees?

Yet impressed by their words would Jesus not be,
When he replied to these leaders, that could not see.
That a people they were, as Isaiah did write,
Who honor with their lips, always believing they’re right,

Yet in vain did they worship, teaching doctrines of men,
As reject they the Scriptures, again and again.
So answered did Jesus, when he spoke on that day,
Rebuking their traditions, that surely held sway,
Over their hearts and their lives and all those around,
Who were a people in darkness, by traditions so bound.

Here ye said Jesus what Moses did say,
Honor thy father and thy mother evening and day.
But reject this command of God, did the Pharisees do,
As well as many others, as their apostasy grew.
The result of this rejection and their heretical thoughts,
Furthered false religion, which was all for naught.
For God accepts not, the doctrines of man,
That establish new traditions, and break his commands.

Hearken unto me, all ye that understand,
That nothing from without, can defile a man.
But rather from within, flowing forth from his heart,
Is that which defiles and sin will impart.
Be it thefts or adulteries, fornications or deceit,
Murder or vanity, evil eyes or conceit.

To those who read these words, that write I this day,
I pray ye be not deceived, neither led ye astray.
For as was true then, so also is now,
To the traditions of man do most knees so bow.
And before you this day, the choice as was then,
Worship God as its written, or listen to men.

For heaven and earth are recording this day,
The choice you will make, to whom honor you’ll pay.
Why halt between two opinions, of one mind you must be,
Either bound by traditions, or through the Scriptures set free.