June 22, 2020
by Kevin Calhoun
Read Mark 7
Our reading for today begins with questions concerning the ritual/tradition of washing our hands before eating. I want to focus on three statements made by Jesus.
1. “There is nothing outside the man which going into him can defile him; but the things which proceed out of man are what defile the man,” (vs. 15).
2. “Whatever goes into the man from the outside cannot defile him; because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach . . .” (vss.18-19).
3. “That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man,” (vss. 20-23).
It is not ritual or tradition that puts us in a right relationship with God. It is a work of God as we turn to Him by faith in Jesus. Genesis 6:5 tells us, “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Thus, we have a better understanding of Ezekiel 36:26, "Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”
List any rituals or routines you might have developed in an effort to “earn” God’s favor.
Have you turned to God alone, by faith alone, in Christ alone? If not, will you do so today?
Write your own prayer today expressing your faith in Christ.