You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!
The Pharisees and teachers of the law accuse Jesus of not keeping the prevailing religious traditions. They were right! He didn’t teach His students to keep all their rules either.
They seem harmless enough. A little ceremonial hand-washing here and little extra Sabbath rule-keeping there! What’s the harm?
The problem with these traditions - why the Teacher refused them – is that they were convenient substitutes for doing the more difficult things God really desired of them.
Jesus indicts this persistent tendency of religion:
You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.
Jesus refuses to go along to get along!
Instead, the Teacher calls people back to the greater purposes of God’s commands – changed hearts and lives!
Keeping the proper outward ceremonial forms of tradition can never get to the heart of God. And therefore can never create in us the character of God.
Only becoming a student of Jesus leads to a changed heart and life. One that looks more and more like the Teacher!
Nothing else will do.
They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.