WHAT’S ON THE INSIDE??
WHAT’S ON THE INSIDE?
This is an insight and warning as well from the Word.
First off, let’s look at the ministry of Jesus here….He is going into a town with His ministers and first off the town or city Religious leaders are “surrounding Him” so to speak. AH, but NOT to “encourage Him” but to try and discredit Him.
SO what do they do? Instead of first just outright attacking Him and His ministry they go after those who were closest TO Him!
They look at how these fellows are not “doing what they do” and find fault in them. They decided to “bring it to His attention” in hope of maybe controlling Him or chipping away at His ministry to dismantle it and if they could not do that to “discredit” Him.
All you have to do is follow along in the other verses to see their motives as JESUS points it out to them, the people and HIS disciples, who were “dull of understanding” as well. So like the churches around the town that did certain things that were the “duty” as religious ones, most had a certain mindset as to how religious people should act and things they were to do.
“ 3For all the Judeans and the Pharisees do not eat unless they wash their hands carefully* because they keep the tradition of the Elders. 4And coming from the marketplace, unless they bathe, they do not eat. And there are many other things which they had received to keep: washings of cups and pots and copper vessels and of beds. 5And the Scribes and Pharisees asked him, "Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the Elders, but eat bread without having washed their hands?"
So washing hands was a big deal… according to the customs, traditions or “DOCTRINES” they adhered too as religious leaders and congregations.
BUT Jesus (Yeshua) shocked them all by what HE said about the matter… “6But he said to them, "Isaiah the Prophet prophesied beautifully of you phonies, just as it is written: 'This people honors* me with its lips, but their heart is very far from Me.' 7'And in vain they pay reverence to me as they teach doctrines of commandments of the sons of men.' 8"You forsake the commandments of God and you keep the traditions of the sons of men: washings of cups and pots and many such things like these." 9He said to them, "Well you reject the commandment of God that you may establish* your traditions." 10For Moses said, "Honor your father and your mother", and "Whoever reviles* father and mother shall die the death." 11But you say, "If a man shall say to his father or to his mother, 'My offering is anything that you shall gain from me.' 12Then you do not allow him to do anything for his father or his mother. 13And you reject the word of God for the traditions that you deliver, and many things like these you do."
My my…that was a major slap in their faees but it was the truth and remember JESUS NEVER SINNED! He brought geninue revelation to the people of the Father and the Father’s ways of His will and Kingdom to the earth in order for people to “KNOW” the Father and what HE is truly like.
BUT Jesus didn’t stop there, HE turned to the very people who saw and heard this encounter and addressed them of course with a parable “14And Yeshua called to all the crowds, and he said to them, "Hear me all of you and understand." 15"There is nothing outside of a man that enters into him that can defile him; but the thing that proceeds from him, that is what defiles the man." 16"Whoever has an ear to hear, let him hear."
What in the world is HE saying here?? That was what His very disciples asked, but listen to His reply as well to their questioning Him… “17But when Yeshua entered the house from the crowds, his disciples asked him about that parable. 18He said to them, "Are you also stupid? Do you not know that nothing entering from outside a man can defile him?"
Wow…that could have sounded abrupt but…remember HE knows their hearts and whether or not they are truly listening. So Jesus explains: “19Because it does not enter his heart, but his belly, and is discharged by excretion, which purifies all foods." 20"But the thing that proceeds from a man, that defiles the man." 21"For from within the heart of the children of men proceed evil ideas, adultery, fornication, theft, murder." 22"Greed, wickedness, deceit, harlotry, an evil eye, blasphemy, boasting, senselessness." 23"All these evils proceed from within and defile a man."
Practicality, things “eaten” have nothing to do with whether or not a person is pure in their hearts or motives. Food didn’t have a thing to do with what was in the hearts of those questioning Him or those with Him…they had an “agenda” because OF what was in their hearts and it wasn’t good and HE knew it!
Here is what I believe we need to be warned in our day and time about regarding this very passage, what He is saying that pertains to NOW in other words….WHEN a person or group decides to take a passage of written word to become the main focus of their beliefs, it breeds a set of ideas that become a belief system and that is basically the definition of “doctrine”. Problem with this is the focus is on the “doctrine” and not the Word Who IS JESUS!
This is what creates the division in the body of Christ, the doctrines of men and mixed in those are often doctrines of demons as well (and the enemy is always behind that). Why? To bring futher division, strife and conflict so the body won’t “come together in oneness of faith” accoding to Ephesieans 4 which IS what the Father is wanting. Like it or not, it is HIS WILL for HIS KINGDOM (mode of operation) to BE on earth as it IS in Heaven! If not, Jesus would not have told us to pray it in!!!
So for those calling it “Kingdom theology” be careful! THE ONLY THEOLOGY THAT IS GENUINE ….IS JESUS CHRIST!!! I will say this AGAIN….THE ONLY~ “THEOLOGY” that IS …GENUINE, AUTHENTIC, TRUE, REAL…. IS “JESUS CHRIST” (YESHUA HA`MOSHIACH)!!! His name IN Heaven WAS “THE WORD” (read it in John 1 for those who are not sure…)
We are IN the “KINGDOM AGE” but this is NOT… “Kingdom theology” it is an AGE….the time on the earth! PLEASE bear that in mind!
This is truth and when we READ the WORD for ourselves, we will quickly discover THIS TRUTH with “revelation” of the authenticity!
Remember Saints… “THE Truth” is always truth, no matter a person’s belief, THE TRUTH will always be THE TRUTH!! JESUS…said HE was the TRUTH!!! HE IS!!!
John 14:6 “Yeshua said to him, "I AM THE LIVING GOD, The Way and The Truth and The Life; no man comes to my Father but by me alone."
Shalom, love and blessings to you!