Vs. 8, “You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.” Mark reminds us that it is not the traditions of the Jews that made them acceptable to God (vs. 1-23). This was a very important fact for any who were Gentile. While tradition is not necessarily a bad thing, it is when it takes precedence over God. Jesus would quote Isaiah and remind all of us that it is a heart matter. In the faith of the Greek woman, we see a Gentile with much faith and Jesus again remind us that He is here for both Jew and Gentile. And we see snippets of Jesus’ love and ministry in the compassion of healing those who needed His love and healing.
Regarding application…A Clean Heart. Vs. 15, “Nothing outside a man can make him ‘unclean’ by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him ‘unclean.” Question: Do you have a clean heart? We think if we do this or if we don’t do this, we will be a good Christian. While we don’t look at eating unclean foods, we do look at other things that make us think makes us a more holy person. If our heart is good, it will produce fruit. If our heart is bad it will produce bad fruit. Eventually the condition of our heart will show through by our actions. Let’s find rest this week in the Lord and start with a clean heart!