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Daily Bible Reading (Friday, Feb. 17th)

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Mark 7 (ESV)

Traditions and Commandments

Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, 2 they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. 3 (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands properly,[a] holding to the tradition of the elders, 4 and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash.[b] And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.[c]) 5 And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” 6 And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written,

“‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me;
7 in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’
8 You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.”

9 And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ 11 But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”’ (that is, given to God)[d]— 12 then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, 13 thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.”

What Defiles a Person

14 And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: 15 There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.”[e] 17 And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. 18 And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, 19 since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?”[f] (Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20 And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

The Syrophoenician Woman's Faith

24 And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon.[g] And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden. 25 But immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet. 26 Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27 And he said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs.” 28 But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs.” 29 And he said to her, “For this statement you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” 30 And she went home and found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.

Jesus Heals a Deaf Man

31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32 And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33 And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. 34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35 And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36 And Jesus[h] charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

Footnotes

a. Mark 7:3 Greek unless they wash the hands with a fist, probably indicating a kind of ceremonial washing
b. Mark 7:4 Greek unless they baptize; some manuscripts unless they purify themselves
c. Mark 7:4 Some manuscripts omit and dining couches
d. Mark 7:11 Or an offering
e. Mark 7:15 Some manuscripts add verse 16: If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear
f. Mark 7:19 Greek goes out into the latrine
g. Mark 7:24 Some manuscripts omit and Sidon
h. Mark 7:36 Greek he

9 Comments

The Gentile woman in verse 35 fell down at Jesus feet and begged that he heal her daughter from an unclean spirit. Isn't this how we should go to Him when we pray for the salvation of family, friends, and even enemies?! Believe!

Boy, how I am reminded by pastor Blakey's comment how this became a reality (following traditions) within the Catholic "system" and not being truly converted, yet praying not to fall back on that "good" church goer and just going through the motions.

Jesus reminds us that we can honor Him with our lips and worship Him outwardly, but our hearts can be far from Him. We can actually make the word of God void by means of our church traditions. I pray that any traditions I have developed in my life or any we have in our church that actually prevent us from keeping the word of God would be removed as quickly as possible. It is too easy to be a good church person who doesn't really worship Christ from the heart.

I love how the mother recognized her position next to Christ and how she begged Him to deliver her daughter!! What a beautiful picture and example to learn from.

Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for honoring Him with their lips while their hearts were far from Him. What a sobering reminder to make sure I am never just going through the motions in my worship or service instead of from a heart of devotion to God.

Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, 19 since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?”[f] (Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20 And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” ~ Out of the heart!! Lord search me and know my heart...see if there is any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting! (Praying Ps. 139 this morning)

V 26: she begged...
V 32: they begged...
Praying for persistence, expectation, gratitude, and such great faith!

A trap when reading the gospels, especially all of them together, is to become used to the narrative of His life. His fame had spread outside of the lands occupied by the Jews. He embodied hope and salvation, even to a gentile. He confounded the hypocrites with his perfect answers and questions. He eradicated pain and sickness wherever He went. He was unlike anyone else who ever lived.

Mark 7:20
What comes out of a person. A person's defiled heart is expressed in not only in what we say, also in what we do.

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