Mark 7; Inside and Outside


 

I am writing today from the beautiful Tampa Bay area.

 

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, brazen 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.  Mark 7:1-7

Funny how people think making the outside look all nice makes the inside nice too. Just like the Pharisees thought if they washed their hands they were holy, likewise Pilate in Matthew 27, thought he could wash away his guilt by washing his hands. We cannot wash away our sins. What we need is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. There are many people who think that being baptized will save them, but they are being just as legalistic as the Pharisees. What they need is to be baptized by the Holy Spirit. We cannot by washing ourselves make ourselves, holy or converted. What we need is not a revival, but a crucifying of the flesh to be dead and gone forever, never to return. What we need is for Jesus to make us a new creation 2 Corinthians 5:17.

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