That Which Defiles – Mark 7:1-13

The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.  So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?”

He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:

“‘These people honor me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me.
They worship me in vain;
    their teachings are merely human rules.’
b You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.

It comes down to this. Do you do your best to follow God’s call and guidance in your life – or do live to reach some standard set by some – any – lesser standard?

It might be what is popular in your circle of friends. It might be what your boss says you must do to “be a team player and get ahead.” It might be what popular media insists is the latest fad.

None of it, in the end, has much to do with living a holy life as a child of God.

Think of the information overload we face each day – each hour – each minute. So many telling us what to do.

But, God calls us to higher ground, larger purpose, and real meaning.

It may not be popular. It may not be what the powerful tell you to do.

But, ultimately, it is about following the Way, the Truth, the Life. For the Christian – it is about following Jesus. No matter what others think about it.

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