The Traditions of Judaism

A very poor holy man lived in a remote part of China. Every day before his time of meditation in order to show his devotion, he put a dish of butter up on the window sill as an offering to God, since food was so scarce. One day his cat came in and ate the butter. To remedy this, … More


The disciples of John the Baptist questioned Jesus as to why He and His disciples were not fasting as they and the Pharisees were doing (vv. 14-15)? Jesus compared His conduct to that of a King having a wedding banquet. He said that at a wedding people are happy and eating and not mourning or fasting. It had been right for John and his disciples to fast, for they were seeking to bring about repentance to those steeped in the traditions of Judaism. However Jesus had not come to patch up an old system like sewing new cloth to an old garment or pouring new wine into old wineskins (vv. 16-17). The principle expressed here is that Jesus Christ has come to bring in a new dispensation altogether, which cannot be fitted into the forms of the old Jewish economy. The principle taught here by illustration is that the rule of the Law must be replaced by that of Grace, which will now have free reign in the hearts of all believers. He had not come to add things to Pharisaic traditions.

At this point Jesus performs two miracles. A woman who had been hemorrhaging  for twelve years touches His garment and because of her faith she is healed (vv. 18-26). From this scene Jesus goes to the house of Jairus whose daughter has died. According to tradition, it was typical in a Middle Eastern home where someone was dead, mourners had been hired to make noise and were already assembled to weep for the family. After the crowd was dismissed, Jesus restored the girl to life. “And they ridiculed Him” (v. 24). Because Jesus looked beyond what people could see to what God sees, they made fun of Him. Faith in Jesus often looks ridiculous to those who don’t have it. 


Church traditions can still get in the way of my relationship with Jesus Christ. For many going to Church and going through a formality of worship has become more important than in having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I never want to let my worship just become a tradition.

Matthew 9:14-26 (English Standard Version)

Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?" And Jesus said to them, "Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved." While he was saying these things to them, behold, a ruler came in and knelt before him, saying, "My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live." And Jesus rose and followed him, with his disciples. And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, for she said to herself, "If I only touch his garment, I will be made well." Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, "Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well." And instantly the woman was made well. And when Jesus came to the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, "Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping." And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. And the report of this went through all that district.

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