Summary of passage: Jesus told the crowd it is what comes out of their mouth that makes them unclean not what goes in, referring to the tradition of washing your hands before eating that the Pharisees gasp at in the previous 9 verses. The disciples are agasp that Jesus would speak to the Pharisees so and Jesus tells them that they are blind guides and if they are followed, all will fall.
Peter has no idea what Jesus just said and Jesus basically calls him stupid. He says that food is just food. But words come from the heart and reveal who you are. For evil dwells in the heart which is such things as evil thoughts, murder, theft, adultery, sexual immorality, etc. Eating with unwashed hands had nothing to do with the heart.
6) Personal Question. My answer: It is what comes out of your mouth that makes you unclean not what goes in for what comes out of your mouth evinces the heart. It matters what comes out of my mouth for it truly reveals the heart. It’s an area I struggle with and it’s one of my goals for this year to be more encouraging.
[If you read Mark 7:20-23 as well, you'll get the whole explanation.]
7a) That the Pharisees were offended by his retort and everyone knew not to offend the powerful Pharisees in that time.
b) That every plant not rooted in Him would be pulled up by the roots and that they (the Pharisees) would fall into the pit (hell). Basically, they were going to Hell.
c) That those who followed the Pharisees would fall into the pit as well (go to Hell).
d) Apparently, he was “dull” according to Jesus.
8a) Evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance, and folly.
b) Personal Question. My answer: Evil thoughts (we’ve all had them), sexual immorality, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance, and folly (who isn’t foolish at some point in their lives–remember the teen years?). Hell, I’m still foolish at times.
I’ve been guilty of most human sins (thank God not murder though!). I’m still guilty of these at various times in my human life. I try to confess them (which is hard for me–pride, ya know) but I do and I do receive His forgiveness/cleansing. And I feel I commit less and less sin as I continue to grow and walk with Him. And this brings me great comfort.
Curious, I looked up the definition of lewdness, wondering if I had been guilty of it (yep, I have been). It’s “evil, wicked; sexually unchaste or licentious; obscene, salacious” (looked up this one too. It’s: “arousing or appealing to sexual desire or imagination; lascivious, lustful”).
Just to clarify since we’re getting “personal” here: I was date-raped in college while still a virgin. After that, I entered a severe depression where I did have multiple sex partners (less than 10 I’m talking here) in search of something–probably God or a void that was ripped from me. It was a time in my life where I was lost, confused, bitter, and vengeful.
After I met my husband, I have been sexually pure since then (thanks to my husband and God). If you’ve been following my blog long enough, you’d know this about me, but I haven’t mentioned it in quite a while so I thought I’d let you all know here :)
Conclusions: I could almost see the disciples gasping when Jesus chastised the Pharisees as evinced by their words in verse 12.
I was cheering Jesus here. He literally lays it out for the disciples and they are still “duh” and Jesus calls them on it.
Surprisingly, I liked the last question. Not sure why especially since it brought up times in my life I’d rather not remember. I think because it points out how flawed we truly are and how much we do need a Savior. Without Jesus, we are all hopeless and doomed for we can never overcome our sinful nature. But Jesus gives us hope. And I personally cannot imagine my life without him.
And we carry all these sins in our heart and they come out our mouth. Again, it pointed out my deep need for Jesus and God’s grace in my very flawed life.
End Notes: This passage makes it clear that all foods are kosher, which Jesus anticipated his blood would do (Acts 10:15 clarifies this), and nullifies all the food laws from the Old Testament and from the laws the priests made as well.
If it is not rooted in God, it will be uprooted. Period.
One scholar said the greatest plague God can send on mankind is someone who leads them astray. On the other hand, it is our responsibility as well to not be led astray by knowing God and His laws.
We are defiled from the inside out–not the other way around. Spurgeon said “The heart is the cage from whence these unclean birds fly forth.”
This reminds me of the song From the Inside Out by Hillsong United. The lyrics say:
“My heart and my soul, I give you control,
Consume me from the inside out, Lord.”
“And the cry of my heart
Is to bring You praise
From the inside out
Lord, my soul cries out”
I can’t say it any better.