Did you read Mark 7?
Did you see the Pharisees?
Did you notice what concerned them? Ceremonial washing of hands. Did you get the idea that just anything, anything would do to accuse YESHUA and His followers? I think things have not changed.
The LORD also addressed defilement with his Disciples. He made it clear it is not what we take into the stomach that defiles us. It is what our heart erupts into actions. Did you read the list of things that make a person unclean?
21 For from within, out of a person’s heart, come forth wicked thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 greed, malice, deceit, indecency, envy, slander, arrogance, foolishness…. 23 All these wicked things come from within, and they make a person unclean.” source
Another Scripture comes to mind that I am grateful to pair with this.
1 Corinthians 6:11 King James Version 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
Also in this Chapter, a woman of Greek descent – not a Jew — came to Him to heal her daughter. More specifically to drive out a demon.
He tested her faith so she could see what she was made of. She passed!
Her daughter was made whole.One more verse before I close. It’s so important.
A verse we need to more than commit to memory, a verse that we lean on to guard us daily.
37 People were overcome with amazement. “Everything he does, he does well!” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak!”
He does ALL things well!
He makes NO mistakes with YOU. Or me.
Father GOD, Thank You for Mark 7. Thank You for every WORD You breathed for us. YOU do ALL things well. I am grateful. I am also grateful 1 Corinthians 6:11 is true; a true experience for me personally, and for every other man, woman, or child who has received Your Salvation. If there are Readers here that have yet to receive Your gift of deliverance, it is my desire that You in mercy and grace will draw them to Yourself and enable them to trust You. Others who come here no doubt have needs of comfort, healing, strength, even confidence that You are willing to care for them; wisdom and discernment to resolve issues, relationships, just navigating this life in general. I know You are willing, please enable us to receive Your provisions for all our needs. Of all things here that are important, Father, I pray people will do a 180; that they will turn from sin TO YOU for forgiveness and deliverance from all evil.
Oh that I will operate in excellence like my Savior! That is my focus and prayer today.
Amen my sister. Me too!