Day 21: Genesis 49-50; Matthew 15:1-20

“These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me, and in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” -Matthew 15:8-9

Log into the internet, visit a bookstore, or even go into almost any church today and you’re bound to understand the depth of this prophesy (originally written in Isaiah  29:13). Everyone has an opinion and everyone interprets the Bible differently. Whatever your preference, you can find it out there.

But, that’s not how God – or the Bible – works. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8). And although God teaches us different lessons in various ways and timetables, He will never tell us something contrary to the Scriptures. As such, you can’t pick and choose what parts of the Bible you believe or twist it to make yourself feel better.

Yet, too often that’s what we do: we find an author, blogger, preacher, religion, or even a Bible verse taken out of context – and we cling to it like it’s the tried and true Gospel. Worse, we can sometimes take something holy and pure and commercialize and water it down into trends and wordly pursuits.

So, today, I challenge you to put what you believe under a microscope. What sources are you getting your information – especially relating to your faith – from? How does that information measure up against the word of God?

Further reading: Colossians 3:8, 18, 22; 1 Timothy 1:6-7


2 thoughts on “Day 21: Genesis 49-50; Matthew 15:1-20

  1. I remember reading the story of Joseph as a young girl and loving it. Here I am 20 years later having a better understanding of what forgiveness means. I being the youngest of 5 well know the heartache of family betrayal. Joseph’s kind heart allowed him to not only forgive his brothers but also tend to their needs. Amazing. I also knew when the Israelite people left Egypt the took the bones of Joseph but I didnt remember it being at Joseph’s own request. I need a forgiving heart like Joseph. Thank you Jesus for granting us forgiveness when we are so much like the brothers of Joseph.


    1. Lisa, yes Joseph is such a great example of humility and learning how to forgive. Unfortunately, I also know how hard of a lesson this is to learn when someone close to you betrays you – it takes an incredible amount of love and humility to forgive and keep on loving that person, regardless. But our God is able to give us hearts that can forgive and love if we’re willing to let Him do His work in us and to drop our human pride.


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