Scripture: Matthew 15:1-20; Mark 7:1-23; Matthew 15:21-28; Mark 7:24-30.

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Jesus Teaches About Inner Purity

Matthew 15:1-20 (KJV) 1 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do Thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.  But He answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.  But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.  Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honoureth Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me.  But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 10 And He called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:  11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.  12 Then came His disciples, and said unto Him, Knowest Thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? 13 But He answered and said, Every plant, which My heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.  14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.  15 Then answered Peter and said unto Him, Declare unto us this parable.  16 And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?  17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? 18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.  19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.

Mark 7:1-23 (KJV) 1 Then came together unto Him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem.  And when they saw some of His disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.  For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.  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. Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?  He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. Howbeit in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.  And He said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.  10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: 11 But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.  12 And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother; 13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.  14 And when He had called all the people unto Him, He said unto them, Hearken unto Me every one of you, and understand: 15 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.  16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.  17 And when He was entered into the house from the people, His disciples asked Him concerning the parable.  18 And He saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; 19 Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?  20 And He said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.  21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

Questions:

1. When questioned about the disciples breaking the traditions of the elders, what did Jesus ask the scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 15:3; Mark 7:9)?”

2. What command did Jesus say the scribes and Pharisees were breaking (Matthew 15:4; Mark 7:9-10)?

3. How were the scribes and Pharisees breaking this command (Matthew 15:5-6; Mark 7:11-12)?

4. What can defile man (Matthew 15:11; Mark 7:15, 20)?

5. Which plants shall be rooted up (Matthew 15:13)?

6. From where do our words come (Matthew 15:18; Mark 7:21a)?

7. What are some of the things that can defile us (Matthew 15:19-20; Mark 7:21b-23)?

8. What was the woman wanting from Jesus (Matthew 15:22; Mark 7:26)?

Answers:

1. Jesus asked the scribes and Pharisees “Why do you break the command of God for the sake of your traditions?”

2. Jesus said the scribes and Pharisees were breaking the command “Honor your father and mother.”

3. The scribes and Pharisees were breaking this command taking the money with which, they could help their parents and redirecting it.  They were nullifying the word of God for the sake of their traditions.

4. That which comes out of a man’s mouth can defile him.

5. Every plant that God has not planted shall be rooted up.

6. The words we speak come from our heart.

7. Some of the things that can defile us are evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, pride, and foolishness.

8. The woman was wanting Jesus to have mercy on her.  Her daughter was demon-possessed.  She wanted Jesus to cast the devil out of her daughter.

Jesus Sends A Demon Out Of A Girl

Matthew 15:21-28 (KJV) 21 Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.  22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto Him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.  23 But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and besought Him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.  24 But He answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  25 Then came she and worshipped Him, saying, Lord, help me. 26 But He answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.  27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.  28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

Mark 7:24-30 (KJV) 24 And from thence He (Jesus) arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but He could not be hid.  25 For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of Him, and came and fell at His feet: 26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought Him that He would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.  27 But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs. 28 And she answered and said unto Him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs.  29 And He said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.  30 And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.

Questions:

1. What did the woman do and say (Matthew 15:25; Mark 7:28)?

2. Even though she wasn’t one of the lost sheep of the house of Israel, what did Jesus say to her (Matthew 15:28a)?

3. Then what happened (Matthew 15:28b; Mark 7:29-30)?

Answers:

1. The woman worshipped Jesus.  And asked for Jesus’ help.

2. Even though she wasn’t one of the lost sheep of the house of Israel, Jesus said to the woman “O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt.”

3. Then her daughter was made whole.

HEAR the WORD

Matthew 15:24-27 (NIV) 24 He (Jesus) answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”  25 The woman came and knelt before Him. “Lord, help me!” she said. 26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” 27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”

Mark 7:27-28 (NIV) 27 “First let the children eat all they want,” He told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”  28 “Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above passages.  Why was Jesus referring to the woman as a dog?  And why didn’t she seem offended? My Bible notes: Dogs refer to little dogs or house pets, not outdoor scavengers.  Jesus was saying that his first priority was to provide food to the children (teach His followers) not to allow pets to interrupt the family meal.  The woman didn’t try to argue.  Using Jesus’ choice of imagery, she pointed out that she was willing to be considered an interruption as long as she could receive God’s healing for her daughter. 

MEMORIZE the WORD

Matthew 15:11 “What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him unclean, but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him unclean.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

We should love the Word enough to read and memorize it.  And then let the Word within guide us.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

We should love others enough to share what we’ve learned with them. 

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we take seriously Your commands and obey them (Matthew 15:3; Mark 7:9).  Lord, I pray we will honor our parents (Matthew 15:4; Mark 7:9-10). Unlike the scribes and Pharisees, Lord, I pray we will take care of our parents (Matthew 15:5-6; Mark 7:11-12).  Lord, I pray we will hide Your Word in our heart and speak it forth when appropriate (Matthew 15:18; Mark 7:21a).  Lord, I pray we will stay far from those things that defile us (Matthew 15:19-20; Mark 7:21b-23). Lord, I pray our faith will be found to be great in Your sight (Matthew 15:28a; Mark 7:26-27).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I live our lives faithfully before God.” <>< Dona