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Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!” (Matthew 15:1-2, NIV).

At this time Jesus was up at the sea of Galilee, which is about 75 miles north of Jerusalem. This was obviously a pre-planned, very deliberate visit. It was no easy task to make that kind of a journey back then. What would take us a about an hour today would have taken them the better part of a week. The fact that the Pharisees would send people to find Jesus when He was that far away shows how serious their opposition to Jesus was. What did they travel all that way for? What was the cause for such a serious trip? They were upset that the disciples were not following the rabbinic traditions…

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