Clean and Unclean (Mark 7:14-23)

Jesus teaches an amazing point about sin that changes everything about what it means to be his disciple. Before we read what Jesus is about to say that is startling, we need to remember the prior teaching in Mark 7:1-13. In that paragraph the Pharisees challenge Jesus because his disciples do not wash their hands according to the tradition of the elders. Jesus responds that the religious leaders are hypocrites by elevating their traditions to the level of God’s law while devaluing what God’s law actually taught. They had made God’s word void by their traditions. When we add fences and rules to God’s law we are actually rejecting God’s law and our hearts are far from God. Now listen to the shocking teaching Jesus gives to the people after this encounter which is recorded in Mark 7:14-15.

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