Traditions verses Commandments
Scribes and Pharisees saw the oral traditions of ‘The Elders’ as authoritative:
They saw themselves as part of a succession of leaders passing on God’s will…
•Tribes of Israel
15 Then some Pharisees and scribes *came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, 2 “Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” 3 And He answered and said to them, “Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?