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BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 16, Day 3: Matthew 15:10-20

SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 15:10-20

Jesus teaches the crowds that food does not make him unclean, but words that come out do. The disciples ask Jesus if he knew that he offended the Pharisees. Jesus says the Pharisees are blind, and the blind leading the blind will fall into a pit. Peter asks Jesus to explain the parable, and Jesus asks them why they are so dull. He says that the things that come out of the mouth are from the heart, which determines if he is unclean. The heart harbors evil thoughts, and unwashed hands don’t make him unclean.

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 16, Day 3: Matthew 15:10-20

6) Words are what make a man unclean, not washing his hands, because it shows his heart.

7a) About offending the Pharisees

b)  Jesus says the Pharisees are blind, and the blind leading the blind will fall into a pit. He is unconcerned about them.

8a) He says that the things that come out of the mouth are from the heart, which determines if he is unclean. The heart harbors evil thoughts, and unwashed hands don’t make him unclean.

b) Showing up to church, participating in charity activities, doing Godly things for others, praying in public, etc.

c) Your words matter, and it shows your heart. God only cares about your heart, not what you look like or do on the outside.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 16, Day 3: Matthew 15:10-20

Great lesson about how God wants your heart, not your rituals.

End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 16, Day 3: Matthew 15:10-20

Jesus did have the advantage knowing that all food would be considered clean for eating in the New Covenant. The Jewish people have lived for centuries under the Old Testament that had strict laws about food being clean.

The disciples are concerned that Jesus offended the Pharisees; Jesus is not, and some Bible scholars say he intended to offend them. Jesus explains that since the commandments of the Pharisess are not God’s laws, they won’t stand the test of time and will be uprooted. God’s Word is to be our root.

Make sure your leaders are not blind. It is all possible that the Pharisees themselves did not understand the Scriptures.

Jesus explains what matters is if we are unclean on the inside, not the outside. Evil comes from our nature. Words can and do hurt others; what you eat and drink only hurts yourself.

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