Mark 7.1-23

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The Oral Law HaD Replaced God’s Law

  • The Oral Law claimed to have come from Moses
  • The Pharisees considered Jesus a Law-breaker
  • The Pharisees were the ones breaking THE Law

The Danger of Making Secondary Things Primary

The Oral Law Was Used To Twist Scripture

Numbers 30.2: When a man makes a vow to the LORD or swears an oath to put himself under an obligation, he must not break his word; he must do whatever he has promised.

  • Pharisees use their law to pit Scripture against Scripture

The Danger of Reading Scripture with a Corrupt the Heart

The Danger of Usurping the Authority of God’s Word

  • We need to read culture/values through the lens of the Word, not vice versa

It’s About Clean Hearts, Not Clean Hands

  • The issue isn't pots and pans but the heart and people

Jesus, the Word, Submitted to the word

  • What is the spiritual authority in my life?
  • What is my posture towards the Word?
  • Do I understand God's heart for people not rituals etc?

Discussion Questions

  • Reading:
    • Re-read the passage in a couple of different translations
    • Retell the passage in your own words 
    • Is there anything you don’t understand?
  • Discussing: 
    • What do you see? 
    • What does this tell us about God?
    • What does this tell us about people?
  • Responding:
    • Discuss the concluding questions in the notes above:
    • What is God saying to you?
    • What are you going to do as a result?
    • Who are you going to tell?