Titus 1:14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.

Introductory Thoughts

The commandments of men posed great risk to the early church. So much so, the apostle Paul encouraged Titus to warn his flock against accepting extra-biblical teachings. These “fables” and “commandments” turned people from the truth. Perhaps in the beginning one might be able to accept both, but eventually the acceptance of one demands the rejection of the other. Titus was charged with the responsibility of ensuring that the saints of God made the right choice. Like in the days of old, God has given the church faithful men charged with warning the saints about accepting fables that turn believers from the truth.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Paul gave Timothy a warning about the commandments or teachings of men (1 Timothy 4:1-5; 2 Timothy 4:4). He instructed Timothy what to do about these things (1 Timothy 4:6-7; 2 Timothy 4:2).
  • (For everyone): Name some unscriptural traditions that men have accepted as truth. How have these traditions actually worked to turn these same men from the truth of God’s word?
  • What was Titus to do with those who might teach or accept men’s traditions as the commandments of God (Titus 1:13)? What might happen if Titus fulfilled his responsibility?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask the Lord to protect you from error.
  • Ask God to help you “be sound in the faith.”