Matt. 15:5-6 "...But you say, "Whoever says to his father or mother, Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God-- then he need not honor his father or mother. Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition." (emphasis mine)
i had a question on these verses. i don't understand what they are trying to say, especially the part i bolded...what is that supposed to mean? i know He's talking to the Pharisees, i just don't understand it aside from the fact that what the Pharisees does is disrespectful to their parents, can you please explain this to me? Thanks very much!
What is being condemned here is a legal loophole: by saying something was dedicated to God, the person was relieved of counting it in the aid due to the support of aged parents. Sort of like a tax shelter to get out of paying social security, just more direct.