Jesus sternly rebuked both the scribes and Pharisees in this passage. Contrary to what they thought, Jesus does not welcome obedience that is divorced from the heart. Wedded to the teaching of elders, the Pharisees had long deviated from the beautiful and satisfying commands of God and, even though externally compliant, were not pleasing to the Lord.
About Pat Dirrim
Pastor Pat joined the Leadership Team in 2008 after having attended Grace Fellowship with his family since its inception in 2003. He and his family served as missionaries in Guatemala from 2011 through 2013 and since then Pat has served as the Pastor for Students and Families at Grace Fellowship. Pat and Barb have seven children ranging in age from college graduates to high school age. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Biblical Studies from RTS and enjoys doing CrossFit with family and friends in his home gym. They have lived in the Atlanta area since 1997.