Shawn Bateman, Misionary to Argentina
“How Is Your Heart”
“How Is Your Heart”
How Is Your Heart? Mark 7:1-13
In Mark 7, the Pharisees rebuke the disciples of Christ because they are eating without having followed the tradition of washing hands.
Christ goes on to show the true matter, what is really important. The condition of the heart. Notice the heart diagnosis of the Pharisees:
- Their hearts are far from God (verse 6). They profess that they know and love God, that they worship God and rigorously keep the traditions. Christ says that their worship is vain, that God wants more than lip service. He wants our hearts.
- They esteem other things over the Word of God.
A.- They have laid aside the commandments of God for their traditions (verse 8).
B.- They have gone even further, outrightly rejecting God’s command (vs. 9-13). They had used their traditions as a means of getting around the law. The example Christ gives here shows that the law clearly commands that honor be given to the parents.
Howeverthe Pharisees were nullifying the command by not taking care of their parents in their old age. They were supposedly dedicating their possessions as a gift of God in order to not have to use the possessions and money to take care of their parents in their old age. The Pharisees thought they were correct because of their outward conformity to the ceremonial law and to the traditions of their teachers. They had failed to consider what God had told Samuel on the day of David’s anointing. Manlooks on the outward appearance. God looks on the heart.
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