Genesis 47:27-48:7; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Mark 7:1-23
Traditions spring from a variety of sources. Sometimes our traditions begin in the Bible. The best traditions, those that we should surely keep, are those that remain bound in our hearts to the Word. When they depart from the Word, when we no longer consider the promises of God, we develop mere human practices. These are things best let go, or reexamined to discover God’s Word and intent.
When tradition remains bound to the Word, it brings great peace. When Jacob was about to die, remembering the promises of God brought comfort to both he and his family. Remembering those promises brings us peace as well, eg: when we believe the Word that is in the water of our baptisms. Without this Word, we drown. When baptism and our other traditions are Wordless, we perish. (Prov 29:18)
We must honor God beyond lip service and ritual; we must honor him in our hearts. This is accomplished by remembering the Word of the Lord. We must be ever leaving the traditions of men and holding to the Word of God.
Prayer: Holy Spirit of God, help me remember my baptism today by believing your promise of eternal life through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.