dailybiblereader2012

Putting God's Word into Practice…

Mark 7:1-30-From the Inside Out

on February 20, 2012

The Pharisees and scribes had one charge against Jesus, that His disciples did not follow the traditions of the elders, but ate with unclean hands.  Jesus saw through their shallow concern and bluntly confronted them.

  1. “This people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.” (6b)
  2. “In vain they worship me, teaching as doctrine the commandments of men.” (7)
  3. “You leave the commandments of God and hold to the tradition of men.” (8)
  4. “Thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down.” (13)

Lord, do I also do that?  Is there anyway that I void your word to follow traditions?  Is there any way that I have left Your precious and pure commandments to hold to traditions?  Is following you and loving you more important to me that what people think when they look at me from the outside?  You are the only one who knows my heart.  Search me, O God!  Make me clean on the inside.

Jesus goes on to teach that it is the heart that matters; it is the inside that determines whether we are spiritually clean or not.  In verses 21-23 it says, “For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.  All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

I don’t think it is an accident that Jesus just finished saying this and His next miracle was casting a demon out of a young girl.  Jesus is the ONLY ONE who can expel evil from within.  We can scrub, scrub, scrub away at the outside with determination and will-power but only God can clean the heart.  Only God has the power to change us from the inside out!


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