Then Pharisees and legal experts came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, 2 “Why are your disciples breaking the elders’ rules handed down to us? They don’t ritually purify their hands by washing before they eat.” 3 Jesus replied, “Why do you break the command of God by keeping the rules handed down to you? 4 For God said, Honor your father and your mother, and The person who speaks against father or mother will certainly be put to death. 5 But you say, ‘If you tell your father or mother, “Everything I’m expected to contribute to you I’m giving to God as a gift,” then you don’t have to honor your father.’ 6 So you do away with God’s Law for the sake of the rules that have been handed down to you. 7 Hypocrites! Isaiah really knew what he was talking about when he prophesied about you, 8 This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far away from me. 9 Their worship of me is empty since they teach instructions that are human rules.” (Matthew 15:1-9, CEB)
What do we do when the rules go against what God tells us to do?
In a religious system we must know what is from God and what is man made. And we must always err on the side of following where God is leading us. Sometimes the rules we have are for our protection, for our health. And yet if they pull us away from God, then they need to not have any place in our lives.
Follow God and honor God first. And all things will fall into place.