Hand Washing Tradition of the Pharisees

Traditional hand washing, or netilat yadayim, has been around since the first century and even before. If you’ve ever read the Gospel then you know of the exchange between Yeshua and the Pharisees concerning the disciples washing their hands before they eat bread. While washing your hands before you eat may be a good idea, could there be something deeper to this than just hygiene?

Yeshua wasn’t too impressed with the hand-washing of the Elders, in fact He berated them pretty thoroughly afterwards.

Well, what’s the big deal?

Hand washing of the Pharisees is one of many things we find in the Talmud that can be classified as a man-made tradition, even the Pharisees called it a ‘tradition of the Elders’.

Traditions are not always a bad thing, of course. However, when pagan rituals morph into religious traditions among God’s people – well, that is something to be concerned about.

Get a brief history of ritual hand washing in this short but highly informative video. You will be shocked to find out the truth.

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One Reply to “Hand Washing Tradition of the Pharisees”

  1. What a great teaching. Taking every thought captive as far is crucial. This includes ANY man made tradition in christianity or rabbinic judaism. Messianics came out of Babylon when it left christianity but fell into Babylonian Judaism aka Rabbinic Judaism. When YHWH (I refuse to appease these Jews using Hashem) tells us to get out of her ….HE means it….not stay in them and mix them up into a hybrid or GMO faith.
    As YESHUA stated in these verses…..why do you teach tradition rather than the TRUTH of HIS Father's Word? YESHUA is the word made flesh! Shouldn't we CHOOSE HIM and HIS Word?
    Why are we appeasing the Rabbinic jews? Haven't we heard from Paul ? Read Romans 11!! Especially Romans 11:23  They also, if they don’t continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for ELOHIM is able to graft them in again Paul was telling us they had been cut off…and still are UNLESS they believe in YESHUA.  
    John 5:23  that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who doesn’t honor the Son doesn’t honor the Father who sent him. READ THIS LAST SENTENCE.
    John 8:19  They said therefore to him, “Where is your Father?” YESHUA answered, “You know neither me, nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.”
    John 8:37  I know that you are Abraham’s seed, yet you seek to kill me, because my word finds no place in you.
    YES we need to witness to them….but we shouldn't join them or adopt their man made doctrine.
    When we are told to listen to the Fathers…..it is the FATHERS OF THE FAITH ….not the Fathers of the unredeemed.

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