Devotion – Mark 7

S – Nothing that goes into a person from outside can defile him but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.”  

Mark 7:15 CSB

O – Commentary: It concerns moral distinctions about eating. Eating affects the digestive system, but moral issues involve the heart. The heart is a metaphor for the seat of moral decision-making. How a person eats (with clean or unclean hands) or what a person eats (clean or unclean food) affects only the digestive tract, so it has no bearing on the moral issues of the soul.

 New Living Translation Study Bible

A – Jesus is doing a couple of things.  He is giving plain instructions on how to view eating.  At the same time, he is defying Jewish laws that had been in play for hundreds of years. He is challenging the culture.  Finally, he is aligning with Gentile beliefs which are building a bridge to people the Jewish nation would not be in a relationship with.

R – Lord, help me to see people, situations and decisions with your eyes.  Help me to move beyond what I know and familiar to what is your heart and will.