Scripture Reading: Matthew 15:1-20
All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers.2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.
Live—comfortably and happily, well provided for. Remember—not only for them, but us too—whatever was written before was written for our learning. We live, not by mere physical means, but by God’s Word, which provides the means. Sometimes, God makes you hungry before He feeds you.
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
Tempted—tried, proved, same idea as with Israel in Wilderness. The Messiah passes the test, unlike Israel. The Father did not tell the Son to do the miracle, so this is not God’s provision, therefore, Jesus will not do this miracle. He only does the will of His Father. God’s will is His food.
--John 4:34—My meat is to do the will of him that sent me.
--IF we live by God’s words, it’s important to remember we don’t live by our own words. Many think our words are what count.
Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, everyone to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the Lord.31And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.32 And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.
They sit and listen, act like they like hearing, but never do anything except get more stuff for themselves. Empty song words you repeat without thinking.
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
They know God theoretically, but not practically. Abominable—that which is hated, in this instance, by God. Reprobate—one who fails the test. Always used of unbelievers.
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.10 And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:11 Not that which goes into the mouth defiles a man; but that which comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.
Quotation of Isaiah 29:13. If there is no heart, then all worship is merely mockery. Men’s words become more important than God’s. Following man’s commands trumps following God’s. Peter struggles with this issue in Acts, even in Galatians—Has a hard time believing God said purity laws don’t count anymore.
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Nigh thee—within thy grasp, easily heard and understood. Most confusion arises with making Scripture match your ideas, more than the difficulty of what Scripture says. If your heart believes God’s word, it will speak God’s Word.
Outward expression is the necessary consequence of the inward belief.