Mark 7:14–23 (ESV)
What Defiles a Person
And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: 15 There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” 17 And when
he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. 18 And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, 19 since it enters
not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20 And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder,
adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
If you have ever traveled to New York
City, you will most likely see some kosher restaurants. Kosher means that the food was prepared according to Jewish dietary laws. Here in Shreveport, there are no kosher restaurants. In today’s readings, Jesus declares all food as clean.
This means even pork (bbbbaaaaccccooonnnn)! Jesus says “There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” Eating unclean food does not make you have
evil thoughts, live sexual immorally, steal, murder, commit adultery, covet, live wickedly, deceive, live sensuality, envy, to slander others, be full of pride, or foolishness. These are heart problems. Now when I say these are heart problems,
this is an expression that means a problem from within the body. These would really be more the functions of the brain, but the expression refers to the heart. Maybe because if the heart stops, you die. Jesus is not worried about what you
eat as to how you live and treat others.
I pray: O Lord, help me to work on my “heart problems” and to live a Godly life. I know I am not saved by how I live, but by your grace and
mercy and the forgiveness of sins. I know I am saved by faith, but help me to walk according to your ways so that my life can be a better witness. Amen.