Mark Chapter 7
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4 And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables.
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Matthew Henry's Mark Chapter 7 Bible commentary...
The traditions of the elders. (1-13) What defiles the man. (14-23) The woman of Canaan's daughter cured. (24-30) Christ restores a man to hearing and speech. (31-37)1-13 One great design of Christ's coming was, to set aside the ceremonial law; and to make way for this, he rejects the ceremonies men added to the law of God's making. Those clean hands and that pure heart which Christ bestows on his disciples, and requires of them, are very different from the outward and superstitious forms of Pharisees of every age. Jesus reproves them for rejecting the commandment of God. It is clear that it is the duty of children, if their parents are poor, to relieve them as far as they are able; and if children deserve to die that curse their parents, much more those that starve them. But if a man conformed to the traditions of the Pharisees, they found a device to free him from the claim of this duty.
14-23 Our wicked thoughts and affections, words and actions, defile us, and these only. As a corrupt fountain sends forth corrupt streams, so does a corrupt heart send forth corrupt reasonings, corrupt appetites and passions, and all the wicked words and actions that come from them. A spiritual understanding of the law of God, and a sense of the evil of sin, will cause a man to seek for the grace of the Holy Spirit, to keep down the evil thoughts and affections that work within.
24-30 Christ never put any from him that fell at his feet, which a poor trembling soul may do. As she was a good woman, so a good mother. This sent her to Christ. His saying, Let the children first be filled, shows that there was mercy for the Gentiles, and not far off. She spoke, not as making light of the mercy, but magnifying the abundance of miraculous cures among the Jews, in comparison with which a single cure was but as a crumb. Thus, while proud Pharisees are left by the blessed Saviour, he manifests his compassion to poor humbled sinners, who look to him for children's bread. He still goes about to seek and save the lost.
31-37 Here is a cure of one that was deaf and dumb. Those who brought this poor man to Christ, besought him to observe the case, and put forth his power. Our Lord used more outward actions in the doing of this cure than usual. These were only signs of Christ's power to cure the man, to encourage his faith, and theirs that brought him. Though we find great variety in the cases and manner of relief of those who applied to Christ, yet all obtained the relief they sought. Thus it still is in the great concerns of our souls.
William's Mark Chapter 7 comment on 5/16/2013, 2:29pm...
To answer your questions Winson, I believe what Jesus is referring to is that anything we take in from the outside world (music, books, food, etc.) cannot defile our souls. Only that which we sow to others (blasphemy, cursing, fornication, murder, etc.) which comes from our HEART will difile our souls. As for Deuteronomy, remember that the old testament was the time of the law (ten comandments) while the new testemant is a time of grace. While we are still required by the law, we have the grace of God because it is not possible for anyone to live by the law.
Winson Falia's Mark Chapter 7 comment on 2/13/2013, 9:43am...
Is there anyone who can explain what verses 18,19 are saying? Does verse 19 say we can eat anything we like? Then what Deuteronomy 14 talks about the unclean food that we are not supposed to eat?
Jay's Mark Chapter 7 comment on 12/17/2012, 12:08pm...
Correction on remarks concerning anonymous about anti-swine friend. Genesis 9:3 is written under grace not under the law which does not really begin until Exodus 20:1.
Jay's Mark Chapter 7 comment on 12/15/2012, 10:50am...
As on anti-swine friend, there are still many denominations and individuals that are still trying to please god by practicing Old Testament Jewish laws where they do not apply in the New Testament church age. This is what happens when you do not rightly divide the word of truth (II Timothy 2:15). Jesus is always using a physical situation to illustrate a spiritual situation as he is doing here in Mark 7:15. The issues are of the heart (soul) not the stomach (Proverbs 4:23; 23:26; 23:7). If a person does not want to eat certain foods for health reasons there is nothing biblical against that, but when a person eats or abstains from certain foods to please God spiritually that is Old Testament mentality, not for the New Testament church Christian age (I Timothy 4:1-5), and Genesis 9:3 written under the law, not grace under. Meats for the belly and the belly for the meats it all comes out at the drought.
Cade's Mark Chapter 7 comment about verse 1 on 11/28/2012, 3:01pm...
It is a good verse of the holy scripture.
Clint's Mark Chapter 7 comment on 9/25/2012, 3:09pm...
Christ wasnt mocking woman, he was testing her faith !
Irene's Mark Chapter 7 comment on 9/17/2012, 12:44pm...
As for the woman who came to Christ and said that even the dogs ate the crumbs that fell to the floor, in those days it was common for the diner when finishing dining to take bread to clean their hands and cast it to the floor and the dogs would come and get it. This woman demonstrates that she has great faith in Jesus...she is not held back by the law, therefore she is given grace and mercy.
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