19 Aug Mark: True Holiness, 8/18/2019
Pastor Pete Hartwig
SLIDE: Mark – Faith for the Real World – CLEAN
Gospel of Mark – Background
Biblically Based, Relationally Driven, Spirit Led
Emotional Context –
The Beatles – Decca Records
Coach Herring – cutting Michael Jordan
Lawn mower – Stock – worth today
SLIDE: Mark 7:1-23 That Which Defiles
7 The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus 2 and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. 3 (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. 4 When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.[a])
5 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?”
6 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.
7 They worship me in vain;
their teachings are merely human rules.’[b]
8 You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”
9 And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe[c] your own traditions! 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’[d] and, ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’[e] 11 But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is Corban (that is, devoted to God)— 12 then you no longer let them do anything for their father or mother. 13 Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”
14 Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. 15 Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.”
17 After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. 18 “Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? 19 For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)
20 He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”
BEATLES, COACH HERRING, LAWN MOWER
Focusing on the hand washing!
Others RAN to Jesus!
Mark 6:54-55 As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus. 55 They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was.
PETER (John Mark) – AWAY FROM ME! – Woman fell on her face!
Pharisees: Temple cleanliness – dirt – God is so holy.
Mark 7:8 You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”
EVE: “DO NOT EAT” vs. “DO NOT TOUCH”
Get ready for God!!!
QUEEN OF ENGLAND – “everywhere she goes she smells is paint”
7:9-13 – Harsh Pharisees –
HYPOCRITES – 2 faced – wearing masks
SLIDE: Matthew 23:23-28
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. 24 You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.
25 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
27 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.
Jesus confronts his disciples too!
18 “Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? 19 For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)
We know this!
JESUS DOESN’T DENY WE ARE DEFILED!
7:23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”
EVIL: we are basically good! Bad things…
Dr. Kurt Weitsmann – we were the most educated and modernized people in the world. It will happen again.
Mark 7:24 The gentile woman & demonized daughter
SLIDE: FEET TO YOUR FAITH
Ephesians 2:4-5, :8-9
2:4-5 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
Spirit – Led – holiness s we Follow Jesus?
This is about being led by Spirit – based on who we are united to.
A relationally driven, Spirit led, biblically based holiness
HOW CAN HANDWASHING HELP HER?
A Gentile Woman’s Faith If “unclean” foods such as pigs and dogs were no longer unclean (7:16-19), neither were Gentiles.
People visit – Bodos
This meal – reminds us –
Unclean hands – Touch, taste, experience
Always eaten “together” – in faicommunity
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
REMEMBERING and PROCLAIMING