Mark 7

Greetings!  This reading is Mark 7.

The first section about washing hands had nothing to do with germs.  The issue wasn’t whether everyone was using Purell or not; the washing in question was ceremonial in nature.  It was a ritual the Pharisees (religious leaders) came up with on their own and expected the other Jews to follow.  Jesus pointed out their hypocrisy, noting that they pretended to honor God but really worshipped their man-made rules. 

As you read the Gospels, note how much time Jesus spends correcting false teaching.  False teachers are still a big problem today.  We need to exercise caution to ensure our teachers use the Bible as their source of guidance.  Also see Doctrine counts for some verses relating to the importance of sound teaching.

Then Jesus gets very specific in verses 14-15 and provides a fairly detailed list of what comes out of us that is evil in verse 21 & 22.  Read the list slowly and think about each item.  It is a very convicting list.

Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. Nothing outside a man can make him ‘unclean’ by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him ‘unclean.’

For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.

The Bible typically shows how people had to be aware of their problem of sin before they turned to accept Jesus as their Savior.   

Note that in verse 19 Jesus declared all foods at “clean.”  This is another one of his claims to be God.  God the Father had established the Jewish dietary laws in the Old Testament as one of the ways He was setting them apart from other people.  For Jesus to undo that was a major claim.

The story of the woman with the demon-possessed daughter can be confusing at first.  Jesus wasn’t being cruel to the woman.  He was just pointing out that she was interrupting his teaching of the disciples.  He healed the girl without even being there in person.   

The chapter closes with Jesus healing a man who was deaf and mute.  Imagine the joy the man felt at being able to hear and speak!  The people there were “overwhelmed with amazement.”  We should be, too.

Reflect on what stood out to you in this reading and share your comments and questions if you like.

The next reading is Mark 8.

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5 Responses

  1. dont you realize religion is the root of all evil… look at all the wars it has caused throughout history, and we are in the middle of a holy war now…

    wake up, religion is someones story, and a sham… it is the root of all evil.

  2. Why are you on a Bible study website if you think religion is a sham? Do you actually think that your argument here would have any effect, other than to have people who care pray for you? Heavenly Father, I lift up amrb0sia to you now. I pray that you would heal her hurt and lift the scales off her eyes, that you would bathe her with your love and give her life. In the precious name of Jesus I thank you for her, for giving her life, for leading her to a site that speaks of your truth, your mercy and your love. Thank you Lord.

  3. If you mean “religion” in the sense of religions that sinful people have made up to try to bridge themselves back to a Holy and perfect God, than I would agree that they have been the source of some evil.

    Christianity is different. It is God reaching down to humans by sacrificing himself to pay the punishment for our sins so we can be reconciled to him. If people want to reject that, it is their choice.

    Yes, some religions are a story and a sham. And there are some fake Christians out there. But there is a tremendous amount of good done in the name of Christ. And it isn’t a fiction. He really lived, died and rose again. There is lots of evidence and reasoning to support that for those who are interested in learning about it. The book “The Case for Christ” is a good example – http://www.amazon.com/Case-Christ-Journalists-Personal-Investigation/dp/0310209307/sr=8-1/qid=1157158775/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-1526673-3733639?ie=UTF8&s=books

  4. hey, thanks for the studying that you do. I enjoyed reading this. I’ve never been to your blog before, so you could be some weirdo but from what little I have read you seem to be an accurate guy/girl so far. Thanks again. It’s really a blessing to read this material. Just so you know I am a Bible believing, Jesus follower. I think..your the same…? Anyways-thanks

  5. Tivis, thanks for stopping by and commenting. Yes, I am a Bible believing Jesus follower as well. I grew up in the church, but let’s just say I wasn’t paying much attention for about 28 years. For the last 15 years I have learned and grown a lot by following Jesus and learning his Word, and I love to share it. Come back soon!

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