by Christina Farris
1 Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem.
2 And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.
3 For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.
4 And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables.
5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?
6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:
11 But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.
12 And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;
13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
14 And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand:
15 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.
16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
17 And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable.
18 And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him;
19 Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?
20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man. What makes a person dirty, it not falling into a mud puddle that makes one dirty, It is not the grease and grim of the world, it is the inner soul of man. Most of us fail in life but the failure begins in the soul. Nothing we outwardly do began without a thought. If you look at a picture of the human brain and see al the nerves and other objects within the brain you know quickly even if it short circuits it still functions to a degree. Without the brain we can not function, our motor skills would never work and the ability to do would not exist. Some motor skill response are responses to reflex control but it still takes a degree of brain function to produce. Brain also controls our thought processes and within the thought process it says eat food if we are hungry and pick up the fork and stab food with it and bring to the mouth to consume it. Yet not in the format of process, our brain actually works easier then that. It a natural reaction to what is placed before us to consume. Sin or thought of sin seen might be imitated, but sin not imitated is a thought process to the point it springs forth dead fruit of action. To steal is to bring forth action of thought, to murder is to bring forth action from thought. Accidental thievry or murder would be happened with no thought to do so. Alcoholic might say after killing a person in an accident it not my fault, but it truth premediated thought happened when you began to drink, not after. The moment you began to loose responsible brain function to control yourself, you gave the alcohol the opportunity to control you. You gave up your rights to another.
The moment Eve believed the snake was the moment her mind was given the ability to obey the snake to sin. The moment sin is comtemplated it is a willfull act when it takes place. Sexual sin might begin in the brain and remain there, but it it ever comes forth to action, then sin began with the first thought of desire. Every sin that begins inward and becomes outward defiles a man or woman. If we want to purger our mind and soul, we must begin with the thoughts, those things that make us who and what we are. Our own inner reaction to cause us to sin must be purged or removed. The realization something is sin especially once it fully come outside the body.
If you sneeze the fluid or droplets that come forth are germ infested, if you cough it is germ infested. Why did Priest think hand washing was important because of need for cleaniness to keep dirt from getting on the food or into the stomach from the hands because of germs. Was the dirt on the food, no on the hands, yet the body filters things that enter it. Only produce increments that are filthy and hazardous to health not disposed of properly. Those thing enter that are filth come out filthy still if not disposed of properly, but those those that come out are dirty.
Our thoughts and our anger produce sin, but another sin only corrupts are mind if we allow it too. So we wash what we filter through our mind with truth of God's word of the knowledge it is sin and evil and that it has no place in our life. Our own mind has the ability to follow our heart of desire that is evil, because of pride, covetnous, wickedness, deceit and so forth. Point we have option to change and to recognize good verse evil, things being of God and things being of the devil or our own desires. Eve see the fruit looked good, her eyes caused her sin, in regards of seeing a beautiful piece of fruit in which to consume and deciding for herself it was not bad to consume. The eyes and desires corrupting her thought process that God said not to eat this fruit.
If with practice a horrible dream at night can be changed to something beautiful, by changing what occurring in the dream, man is then also able to change in the waking hours his own thought process of evil to good. The desire to change comes from God by the Holy Spirit who speaks to your heart about even those things you think or dwell on. The desire of a mink coat might be desire but unless you pay for it and not steal it, your thought process is then correct only with the purchasing of the fur coat. Those that are animal rights advocates this morning don't get angry, i got to thinking the other day about a woman's fur coat at church when i was little girl, it was so soft that it was tempting just to touch it. Yet it would not go inside with the six foot distancing rule. It like feel a piece of leather, or material that is different in texture. Feeling it softness is only the attitude of I got to touch again, no the six foot rule applies and can not even touch it the first time, even if a friend or neighbor holds it out.
See rules can constraint us from sin, but it does not necessarily prevent sin, it must go deeper then a rule it must be an instinct brain process in order to control that desire not to sin. Trust me no one wears a minx coat this time of year, but it is the thought of soft fur perhaps of a deer or animal that began the process. Sin starts with a process. Are you going to allow God wash your brain, hold your reactions accountable, are you going to renew your mind to be transformed? Allow God to change you through his Son/ and word and so you know those things that displease him. Know those things that are sin and turn away from them because Christ paid the price for your sin?
Dear Heavenly Father purge not only our heart but our mind, transform our thinking to thoughts that please you. in Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Colossians 1:20-21 KJV
20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled