Sunday Morning Service, January 27, 2013
The Pharisees were very religious but practiced their religion only to defile their own character. Their religious rites not only defiled themselves, but also those who faithfully observed their religious rites. They were hypocrites whose worship was practiced in vain. Without realizing it, they were corrupting the influence of the Word of God by laying it aside (Mark 7:8) and robbing it of its power (Mark 7:13).