THIS DEFILES A MAN
Mark Ch. 7
5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?
Here the Pharisees asked Jesus why his decipiles did not wash their hands before that they began to eat.
6He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
7Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
8For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
Jesus called them hypocrites. He said that Esaias was correct when he had said that these people honor God with their lips but that their heart is far from him.
Do you see some who profess to be Christians in this day who speak Godly words from their mouth, but their heart is far from God. In other words they say that they are Christians, but the actions from their heart are not of God but rather of a lost worldly man.
9And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
10For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:
11But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.
12And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;
13Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
Jesus told the pharaces that by them not walking with reverence by honoring their father and mother as Moses had taught them they had made the very word of God of none effect. He said that through their traditions and in many other things witch they did.
14And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand:
15There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.
16If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
Jesus tells us plainly here that the things that enter our mouth are not what defiles us. It is the things which live in our heart and come out of us as words, actions, and all things that those who are watching us see us do and say.
The way that we live our lives are on display for all to see. Not only other Christians, but also the lost world who may be seeing us say and do the very things that they do.
These actions and words not only hinder the lost from accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior, but prevent those new Christians from growing into a mature Christian.
Brothers our words and actions have consequences not only for us but also for all of those who see and hear us each day.
17And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable.
18And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him;
19Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?
20And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
21For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
22Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
23All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
God bless you my brothers in Christ Jesus. When you fail to speak and act as God has taught you. You simply pick your self up, dust yourself off, repent of that word or action and continue walking Christ like through this life.
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