September 2, 2012am     Christian Living by  Christ         Mark 7:7-23

by Ron George the Fayetteville Baptist church

How to live as a person and be pleasing to the Lord?  How did Christ say we should live as His followers?   Should we do as people say or should we do as God says and desires?   God wants you to live forever.  Will you?
Mark 7: 7     The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus and 2 saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were “unclean,” 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 ‘unclean’ 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 but rules taught by men.’b 8 You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.” …  14 Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. 15 Nothing outside a man can make him ‘unclean’ by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him ‘unclean.’f …  20 He went on: “What comes out of a man is what makes him ‘unclean.’ 21 For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean.’”

  1. Worship God in Truth not in Vainity.  Worship is useless unless it comes from within.
  2. Serve God in Pureness because you love God and don’t want to disappoint Him.
  3. Give to God joyfully out of your desire to thank Him for who He is and what He has done
  4. Follow God completely which is only way to life.  Live forever with Him now and forever.
  5. Listen to Him and Him only.  He is the way the truth and the life.
  6. Join up with Him and enjoy your life with Him forever. 


Tradtions vs. Commandments:  What are they?
We should live as followers according to who? 
Who or what is our authority for living for Jesus?
There are hypocrites who honor with lips and not heart.  Who are they?
What makes us unclean or dirty and in need of washing?  Why wash anyway?
Look at our hearts?   Is there a hole?  Is something missing?

a Some early manuscripts pitchers, kettles and dining couches

b 6,7 Isaiah 29:13

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (Mk 7:1-8). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

f Some early manuscripts `unclean.’ If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (Mk 7:14-15). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (Mk 7:20-23). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.