God is after our hearts. Expository teaching on Mark Chapter 7. A) Pharisees and their traditions & hypocrisy .
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Expository teaching on Mark Chapter 7
Mark 7: 5-8 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.’ You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”
Qualities of Pharisees & teachers of the Law
They Acknowledge God
They study Scripture, Pray, witness, help the poor, keep the rules
They pay their tithes in everything they earn
But their hearts are far from God
Tradition can be hypocriticalhonor (v.6)
Tradition can be empty, worthless worship (V.7)
Tradition can be man-made commandments (V. 8)
Tradition can be kept before the commandments of God (v.9-12)
Tradition can nullify the word of God or make the word of God ineffective (V: 13)
Tradition- Greek word “parádosis” - transmission from one to another until something becomes a way of life
Consequences of only following traditions
Our own standards
Are we still coming to church as a tradition or do we want to really worship?
Are we giving our tithes & offerings as tradition or as an act of worship to God?
Are we listening to messages in order to know God?
How is our quiet time and prayer time with God? Is it a tradition or time that we look forward to everyday?
How is our Corporate prayer times?
How is our fasting and prayer?
Mark 7: 20-23: He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder,adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”
Evil thoughts: Thoughts & imaginations, ideas and concepts that are evil
Sexual immorality: a broad word including all forms and kinds of immoral and sexual acts.
Theft: to cheat and steal, to take wrongfully from another person
Murder: to kill, to take the life of another, hating his brother
Adultery: Sexual unfaithfulness to spouse. Even to look at & lusting after the opposite sex
Greed: to lust for more and more. To have a starving appetite to possess something that is never satisfied
Malice: to be depraved, to be actively evil, to trouble others and cause harm
Deceit: to bait, to snare, to mislead, conniving and twisting the truth
Lewdness: Indecency, filthiness, shamelessness, unrestrained evil thoughts & behaviour
Envy: to look where one should not
Slander: to insult, to speak evil of God and man
Arrogance: Self-exaltation, conceit, pride, haughtiness, putting oneself over others, looking down upon others
Folly: Moral senselessness, foolishness, recklessness, thoughtlessness
Jesus honors a Syrophoenician woman’s faith (V: 24-30) (Matthew 15: 2328)
Jesus Heals a Deaf and Mute man (V: 31-36)