Day 33 (Wed, Sept 10, 2014)

Rebuke Traditions of Men

43 total verses: Matthew 15:1-20; Mark 7:1-23

Brief description of action taking place or point being made

98. Traditions of men rebuked in Matthew 15:1-11; Mark 7:1-16
99. Parable explained in private in Matthew 15:12-20; Mark 7:17-23

General questions

1. What is your favorite verse or set of verses? Why?
2. Did you learn anything from the reading or find anything particularly cool? What?
3. Was there anything unclear in the passage that you have questions about? What are they?

Specific questions on this passage

After Completing the Bible Reading

Broader outline of each section of passage

Matthew 15:1-11; Mark 7:1-16. Jesus is asked by the Pharisees why his disciples don’t wash their hands as prescribed by tradition of the elders. Jesus responds first by challenging them as to how they can believe it is right to follow the tradition of the elders rather than the commands of God in regard to taking care of one’s parents. Then he explains that it is not what goes into a person that makes him unclean, but what comes out of his heart.

Matthew 15:12-20; Mark 7:17-23. Jesus explains that things that pass through the stomach do not cause uncleanness. In fact, by doing so, he declared that all foods were clean. But then he explained it is the heart that is important, and all sorts of sin is expressed out of the heart.

My favorite passage and other random thoughts

I liked Mark 7:20-23, “‘What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 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'” (ESV). What I liked is the idea that outward sins originate in the heart, which suggests that to really fix an issue in our lives, we have to fix the root issue in our hearts — and I find that to be a helpful idea.

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