Suggestions for Teaching The Lord speaks of His mercy and of the gathering of Israel Read the following scenario, and ask students to think about how they would respond: Your friend has committed some serious sins over the past several months and has stopped attending church. After several weeks, you tell him he is missed and needed at church.
True Teachings of Jesus Jesus' teachings have been misinterpreted and mistranslated over the centuries, distorting Jesus' purpose and the meaning of his teachings. The true teachings of Jesus from the Book of Mark are discussed from the earliest manuscripts translated into modern English from the Lost Gospels of Jesus.
They worship Me in vain — their doctrines are merely human rules. When they saw some of his disciples eat bread with unwashed or unclean hands, they found fault. Because the pharisees and the Jews maintained the traditions of the elders by not eating unless they washed their hands.
And after the market they did not eat without washing. They also observed other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pots, copper kettles and dining tables. Is this custom of cleanliness really any different than the Jewish custom of cleaning the hands in order to feel purified?
Because both customs are centered around the need to feel clean. The custom of washing before making offerings The origin of this purification process among the ancient teachings of the Prophets was different.
The custom of washing is described in Exodus, where basins were placed close to the altar in order to provide people to wash their hands and their offerings. This was done so they could present themselves and their offerings to the Supreme Being at the altar. It was a devotional practice. In other words, it was an activity centered around the worship of the Supreme Being - and this is what made it purifying.
Yes, secondary to that, but unbeknownst to the worshipers, it also helped prevent disease.
That is the element of God taking care of those who worship Him. Over the centuries among sectarian Jews, this custom lost its devotional aspect and became one where the ceremony of washing became about personal purification - a ceremony of purifying oneself.
Its purpose as part of offering to the Supreme Being was forgotten among sectarian institutional teachers and their followers. This is what Jesus is responding to. The loss of devotional consciousness among these institutional teachers and their followers.
The purpose of offering What is the purpose of making offerings? To help us re-develop our relationship with the Supreme Being. Just consider when a man offers flowers to a woman.
Why does he offer her flowers? To communicate to the woman that he cares about her. It is the same with devotional offerings to the Supreme Being. The original intention of offering to the Supreme Being has been lost as ecclesiastical sectarian institutions and their teachers have perverted offering and worship of the Supreme Being as being a focus of our own purification.
The various ceremonies originally designed to allow us to focus upon the Supreme Being have been perverted to acts that focus upon self-centered cleansing - being purified - and being saved. Offering has been further secularized in modern times among sectarian institutions - perceived as simply thanking God.
Today, this ritual of "giving thanks" before eating is construed as part of the process of becoming "saved. Isaiah was channeling God's sentiments Many have misconstrued Jesus' quote of Isaiah's writing in his statement above.
They misconstrue the "Me" here as Jesus referring to himself. This is not the reality of the situation. Jesus was quoting Isaiah and Isaiah was writing on behalf of God.
Here is Isaiah's statement that Jesus is quoting: Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught. Isaiah was God's representative and he was representing how God feels about those who make a show of worship in order to appear religious.
Self-centered rituals Jesus is thus criticizing those whose focus is upon following "human rules" to become saved or purified - and to make a show of religiosity to impress others. Either way, the intent of the ritual is self-centered. Ironically, we also find this very same issue among today's sectarian institutions that claim to follow Jesus.Click here to: A Prayer of Hope Verse Commentary on Isaiah Dennis Bratcher.
This passage differs in several important ways from much of the previous material in the book of Isaiah (see The Unity and Authorship of Isaiah).Close examination reveals differences in . (Isaiah ) "Calloused" indicates someone whose heart has become hardened.
In such a state, there is no ability to hear the teachings of God's representative, nor participate within a loving service relationship with the Supreme Being. Such a self-centered focus is, in fact, contrary to the teachings of Jesus. Isaiah was channeling God's sentiments Many have misconstrued Jesus' quote of Isaiah's writing in his statement above.
They misconstrue the "Me" here as Jesus referring to himself. This is not the reality of the situation. Judgement and redemption” (Clements, 17) are the core themes of Isaiah, but the manner in which this message is conveyed varies throughout.
The chapters below outline the key focuses of Isaiah’s teachings and their relevance for today. The opening chapter serves to introduce Isaiah’s prophecies in an open and direct manner.
Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes [Isaiah’s message would crystallize the Israelite’s rebellion; all of their senses would be shut off to Isaiah’s message of warning and salvation].
Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be. Laban’s Brass Plates provided Lehi’s colony to the Americas vital connections to the God of Israel’s teachings and to their to their heritage.
Nephi loved to quote Isaiah from those plates. Nephi loved to quote Isaiah from those plates.