7 Mark

Author

Scott Dixon

Scripture

Mark 7:1-37

Observations

  • 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.

Application

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.

Prayer

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.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Karen Asselin wrote:
Scott, I liked the way you said Jesus gives honor to the Syrophoenician woman. I love the way although she knows where she stands culturally, asks Jesus, a Jew, to bless her. believing He can save her daughter. She know who holds the power and what it can do for her demon possessed daughter, and won't be satisfied until she gets it. Jesus sees her faith, and honors it! We should be so failthful and bod & really know OUR GOD can do GREAT things? Amen?!

Sat, July 25, 2015 @ 8:50 AM

2. Karen Asselin wrote:
That should have been "faithful and bold"--sorry about the typo. How do I edit it? I will proof-read better next time.

Sat, July 25, 2015 @ 8:53 AM

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