Today message from Matthew 15: 10-20 is a story of Jesus responding to critics. The issue was ritual purity, in this case a shallow, perfunctory hand-rinsing. Now before you feel that this ancient washing was done for germ reduction, you must understand that there was no such knowledge prior to the nineteenth century. There is no evidence that Jews or any other ancient culture understood germ theory, the science of how microorganisms cause infections. Sure, people in ancient times could see bits of surface dirt just as you and I can. But it isn’t what you can see on your skin that kills you butRead More →