Good morning y’all. We should be studying chapter 8 today but i’m one day behind….hopefully i will catchup before the week runs out 🙂
Todays blog will be on chapter 7.
Be Blessed 🙂
“So the Pharisees and teachers of religious law asked him, “Why don’t your disciples follow our age-old tradition? They eat without first performing the hand-washing ceremony.” Jesus replied, “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’ For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.” Then he said, “You skillfully sidestep God’s law in order to hold on to your own tradition. For instance, Moses gave you this law from God: ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and ‘Anyone who speaks disrespectfully of father or mother must be put to death.’ But you say it is all right for people to say to their parents, ‘Sorry, I can’t help you. For I have vowed to give to God what I would have given to you.’ In this way, you let them disregard their needy parents. And so you cancel the word of God in order to hand down your own tradition. And this is only one example among many others.” Then Jesus called to the crowd to come and hear. “All of you listen,” he said, “and try to understand. It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart. ” (Mark 7:5- 15 NLT)
The pharisees were more concerned about fulfilling all the religious traditions passed down to them than actually spending time with Jesus and getting to know him for themselves. I love how the message version puts verse 6 – 8.
“Jesus answered, “Isaiah was right about frauds like you, hit the bull’s-eye in fact:
These people make a big show of saying the right thing,
but their heart isn’t in it.
They act like they are worshiping me,
but they don’t mean it.
They just use me as a cover
for teaching whatever suits their fancy,
Ditching God’s command
and taking up the latest fads.” (MSG)
They rather uphold man made commandments than that of God. Their mouth says one thing but their hearts are far off. Jesus is looking for genuine worship and not a fake one. John 4:23 – 24 says:
“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (ESV)
Jesus goes on to tell them in v15 that it’s what comes out of us that defiles us and not what goes in.
“It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart”(NKJV)
No wonder the psalmist in Psalm 141 prayed for God to keep a watch over his mouth.
“Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
Keep watch over the door of my lips.
Do not incline my heart to any evil thing,
To practice wicked works with men who work iniquity;
And do not let me eat of their delicacies”.(Psalms 141: 3-4 NLT)
In the book of Proverbs, the wise man told us to guard our hearts for out of it comes the issues of life. I like the MSG version of that verse
“Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts”. (Prov 4:23 MSG)
We need to keep renewing the inside. It is very easy to get carried away by the outside and forget to take care of the inside. The more we rub minds with God and allow His Spirit to work in us, the more we become like him.
Romans 12:2 says:
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect”. (NLT)
What is the state of our heart? Remember you are what you feed your heart…
Thanks for joining today. Pls feel free to leave your thots on the chapter.
Have a blessed day 🙂
***With God all things are possible***
***With God all things are possible***