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"So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, 'Why don't your disciples live according to the traditions of the elders and instead of eating their food with unclean hands?'" (Mk.7:5) "What goes into a man's mouth does not make him unclean, but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him unclean" (Matt.15:11).

I find Jesus' teachings to be quite amazing. The Pharisees took that name because in means "pure" or "separated." In fact, they desired so much to be holy and approved by God that they developed many traditions and customs that helped them keep the 613 commandments. I believe they began as people with their hearts in the right place, but evolved into folks that Jesus just had to chastise for their attitudes and actions... Lets make sure that we don't justify our actions by taking today's passages literally. Hand washing before eating is good and monitoring the things that we eat is also important. If this weren't the case, we could justify watching everything that's on TV, hanging out with any kind of people, and going to places we should not.. We could rationalize that those things will not have any influence on us because of these things that Jesus said... Jesus was teaching here in a specific situation about a specific problem... Many of the traditions of the Pharisees revolved around being ceremonially clean which comes out of the Old Testament that had rules for cleanliness. Lets be clear, being "unclean" didn't mean that someone had sinned the way we understand it. If a person in Old Testament was deemed unclean, a period of "cleansing" was necessary before they could go back into the temple. It may have required a sacrifice or just a period of waiting... Please keep washing and watching your diet, and we'll look a bit deeper into this tomorrow....

Have a great day... Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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