For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
In order to make room, the Pharisees had to lay aside something else. They had to lessen the importance of God’s commandments in order to elevate these traditions they were following. They had to take away from what God was saying in order to add in some things that men were saying. And though Jesus plainly exposes this to them, they couldn’t even recognize how what they were doing actually circumvented the law of God. They could find fault with the disciples for breaking their traditions, but they couldn’t see how they were breaking God’s commandments, and maybe they were blind to that because God’s words weren’t as important to them.
We will make room in our lives for what is important to us. But may it never be God’s Word that we push to the side in order to make room for something else. May it never be so that we give less importance to what God is saying than what men say. But if we give God the ultimate authority first, then there may not be room for those less important things. And in the end, it will be up to us to decide which is going to stay.
Jesus wasn’t going around trying to embarrass the Pharisees and make them look bad in front of the multitudes, but He did want to ensure that His disciples weren’t fooled by their deception. He did not want them to fall into those same traps and start living with less regard for the things of God. He was trying to get them to see the importance of doing things God’s way, of making that the most prominent thing and the central focus of their lives.
So how much room have we made for God’s truth in our lives? Is it truly the guiding force, the number-one authority? Or have we given it a lesser place? Have we set it aside for any reason? Have we given too much place to what others have said and disregarded what God has said? If we have, it’s not too late to recognize that and turn back to following God wholeheartedly. We still have an opportunity for the Word of God to change our hearts and minds to align with what it says over what others say.