- The Pharisees and Scribes came to Jerusalem to find fault in Jesus and his Disciples.
- The Pharisees saw some of the disciples not following the traditional ceremonial hand washing before they ate.
- The Pharisees questioned Jesus about his disciples not following the tradition of the elders.
- Jesus responded with Isaiah's prophesy. Verse 9 "You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions."
- The disciples need further explanation of Jesus parable.
- Jesus responds 18 “Are you so dull?” “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? The food man eats does not defile the body. 21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.
- Jesus declares all food is clean.
- Jesus honors a Syrophoenician woman and drives a demon out of her daughter.
- Jesus heals a deaf and mute man.
The application of Mark 7 applies to today's views on what is simply following tradition or truly having a deep relationship with Jesus. How often have we heard, "This is how it always has been done so it must be honoring to God." (I am guilty of this myself) I often fall prey to the familiar and resist change but what Mark 7 shows is that we must be careful to not follow tradition when it honors man and not God.
God I pray that I put you first and build a relationship of true understanding of what it means to follow Jesus. Please give me the ability of discernment when addressing the tradition of churches and my I become a man who seeks to honor you alone.
Posted on Thu, July 23, 2015
by Brian Landers