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6 Hope of Israel Ministries BIBLE Correspondence Course Lesson 15

vain talkers and deceivers, especially those of The Leaven of the Pharisees
what persuasion?
2. What does verse 14 indicate they give Yeshua the Messiah likened the
heed to? What does this (and the “command- traditions (doctrines) of the Judean Pharisees
ments of men”) pervert (turn from)? and Sadducees to LEAVEN which spreads and
3. According to verse 15, what is wrong CONTAMINATES!
with their mind and conscience? 1. Read Matthew 16:5-12. In verse 6
4. What does verse 16 state that they do what did the Messiah warn his disciples to “take
to YEHOVAH god -- “being abominable, and heed and beware of”?
disobedient, and to every good work reprobate”? 2. In verse 12, what did the disciples
COMMENT: The above verses are understand the Messiah was talking about when
applicable to CHRISTIAN ISRAEL today! he spoke of the “leaven” of the Pharisees and
They are instructions to CHRISTIAN ELDERS Sadducees?
and OVERSEERS concerning the rebuking of COMMENT: The word DOCTRINE is
false teachers who DECEIVE people with translated from the Greek word didache (#1322
Judean fables (myths) and commandments of in Strong’s Concordance), meaning
men. These deceivers are identified as “THOSE “instruction,” which is derived from the root
OF THE CIRCUMCISION.” This further word dao (to teach). Thayer’s Greek-English
identifies them as JUDEANS, since the Lexicon defines this word as “that which is
ceremonial ritual of fleshly circumcision was a taught.” The TRADITIONS of the Judeans were
strict requirement according to their TRA- “passed on” or taught from generation to
DITION. To them, anyone not circumcised in generation. Thus, the “DOCTRINES” of the
the flesh was “unclean” and not to be associated Judeans were their “TRADITIONS.”
with. 3. In Colossians 2:8 what does Paul
5. According to Acts 15:1, what were the warn the Christians in Colossae to avoid as well
Judeans teaching that had to be done “after the as “vain deceit? What were these things that
manner of Moses”? If, so they said, this was were “after the rudiments of the world, and not
NOT done, what would be the believers’ after Christ”?
spiritual state? 4. What does Paul warn the Christians in
6. According to John 7:22, what day of Ephesus that “vain words” could do to them?
the week did the Judeans circumcise on? Because of these “vain words” “the wrath of
7. According to I Corinthians 7:19 both God” could come upon whom? Ephesians 5:6.
circumcision and uncircumcision are regarded 5. In Hebrews 13:9, what is it that
as what compared to the commandments of Christians are warned not to be carried away
YEHOVAH God? with?
taught (as part of their tradition) that in Colossians 2:8 is translated from the Greek
circumcision of the flesh must be strictly word philosophia (#5385 in Strong’s
observed, and they considered as “unclean” and Concordance), meaning “specifically Judean
“unsaved” those who were not circumcised. This sophistry.” Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines
is yet another example of RITUALISTIC SOPHISTRY as “fallacious reasoning; reason-
NONSENSE and an attempt by man to achieve ing sound in appearance only.” FALLACIOUS
his own righteousness. This VAIN tradition of means “deceptive or misleading.” Therefore,
men will be dealt with in more detail in future Paul is warning against TRADITIONS
lessons. (doctrines) of men that DECEIVE others --
precisely what the “tradition of the elders” did in

Traditions and Practices of the Judeans
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