In Mark chapter 7 Jesus is quoted in His confrontation with religious
rule-keepers. As they assail Him for not keeping petty rules and
traditions, He points out other rules which contradict what God actually
requires. We believe Jesus did this to highlight that rules which men
contrive do not necessarily honour God; and that hollow religion, made
up of rules and content with controlling behaviour, sometimes actually
contradicts the heart of God for people.
Jesus, God in the flesh, was
100% alligned with the heart of the Father and the religious imposters
did not recognize this because their hearts we so far from God. Even
though they followed the religious system of rules to the letter, they
were bound by the letter which could not save them, and were not lead by
the Spirit of God who leads sinners to freedom.