Why do we follow traditions? We all have traditions that we think are the right way of doing things. But sometimes traditions can have negative consequences. In this passage we see three wrongful uses of traditions. Jesus rebukes the traditions of the Pharisees because they were leading to ritualism; and empty rituals can lead people to false religion and away from God. The danger is when religious practices becomes overly intellectual, and loses the underlying meaning and purpose. Don’t let empty rituals steal your sense of awe for God.