QT – Mark 7

Vs. 5, “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 ‘unclean’ hands.”  Question: What really was going on here?  The Jewish religious council would send people to observe Jesus and His disciples.  In this case, they had not ceremonially washed their hands before eating.  It seems a a trivial thing, but the origination of this man-made tradition was based on prejudice towards Gentiles and Samaritans (half-Jew and half-Gentile).  Since Jews came into contact with them, they had to clean themselves off.  What a messed up tradition!  Jesus would expose the true condition of their hearts as He revealed their hypocrisy.  Jesus would also go on to two Gentile regions and heal a woman and another man.  Both healings were significant to share because of the faith displayed in these two people.

Regarding application…True Worship.  Vs. 6, “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”  Jesus directly quotes Isaiah concerning their hypocrisy.  When I think about this verse, the picture of worship comes to my mind.  Jesus would tell us from Gospel of John 4, that He is looking for true worshippers who worship in Spirit and in Truth.  Singing praise songs is one of the most incredible things we can do and yet we do it so tamely.  We honor God by singning the songs, but often I feel that we are not truly drawing our whole heart to Jesus.  I pray that when God goes and seeks for worshippers, He would find it in our hearts.  He would find it at my church, He would find it at your church, He would find it in every church that professes the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!