|5||tradition of the elders|
|7||precepts of men|
|8||tradition of men|
Notice in verse 9 and 13 what tradition does, it sets aside the commandment of God and it invalidates the Word of God.
When we come up with ideas that are not sourced in or validated by the Word of God and we hold those ideas closely, we are putting those ideas ahead of God’s Word, setting aside the commandment and invalidating God’s Word. If we base our lives and or ministry on anything other than the Word, we have done what Mark 7:1 – 13 says.
It does not matter how old the ideas are. It does not matter who came up with them. If they are not validated by the Word of God, they are setting the Word aside for man’s idea.
This has happened before, Jeremiah 23:21 – 32 records for us a time when the leaders, prophets, and priests were sharing their own ideas, dreams even stealing those ideas from one another rather than sharing the Word of God with the people.
It is a good thing that does not happen today.