Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Mark7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 - The Lectionary Passage for August 30, 2009

This is my own translation of the lectionary gospel lesson for Sunday. Please make any comments concerning the passage you want. Together, let's discuss the Word of God:

1The Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered together before [Jesus]. 2And they saw that some of his disciples had profane hands, that they were unwashed, and they were eating bread 3For the Pharisees and the Jews unless they might carefully wash the hands, then they don’t eat, because they keep what was handed down by the elders. 4And from the market, unless they might ceremonially wash, then they don’t eat. And there are many other things which they received to keep, ceremonially washing cups and jugs and a cooper kettles and beds.

5And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him a question, "Why don’t your disciples behave according to what was handed down by the elders, but with profane hands they eat bread?"

6And [Jesus] said them, "Rightly Isaiah prophesied concerning you hypocrites, as it has been written,
This people with lips honor me,
but their hearts are far away from me.
7But in vain they revere me,
teaching as doctrine the commandments of people.

8You abandon the commandments of God and you keep what is handed down by people.

14And again he called to the crowd and said to them, "Everyone listen to me and understand. 15There’s nothing outside the person which comes into him that is able to make him profane, but the things that come out from a person are what makes a person profane. ...21For it’s from within, out from the human heart, that evil thoughts come out: sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22adultery, ruthless greed, malice, deceit, indecency, envy, slander, arrogance, foolishness. 23All this evil comes out from the inside and profanes a person."

1 comment:

  1. I'm excited about preaching this passage. I get to be a real Calvinist on Sunday.

    Using the passage, I'll focus on what is at the core of humanity's problem: what comes out from the inside. I think it's interesting how Jesus uses the word "heart." It's used in the Isaiah quote and later, in describing what truly defiles a person. If I assume that he uses it in the same sense both times, I believe Jesus is suggesting that nothing good can come out of the human heart. This is good, old-fashion total depravity.

    Although I don't have a thesis yet, during the sermon we'll consider the implications of believing this.