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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Mark Chapter 7

he traditions of the elders. (1-13) What defiles the man. (14-23) The woman of Canaan's daughter cured. (24-30) Christ restores a man to hearing and speech. (31-37)

Verses 1-13: One great design of Christ's coming was, to set aside the ceremonial law; and to make way for this, he rejects the ceremonies men added to the law of God's making. Those clean hands and that pure heart which Christ bestows on his disciples, and requires of them, are very different from the outward and superstitious forms of Pharisees of every age. Jesus reproves them for rejecting the commandment of God. It is clear that it is the duty of children, if their parents are poor, to relieve them as far as they are able; and if children deserve to die that curse their parents, much more those that starve them. But if a man conformed to the traditions of the Pharisees, they found a device to free him from the claim of this duty.

Verses 14-23: Our wicked thoughts and affections, words and actions, defile us, and these only. As a corrupt fountain sends forth corrupt streams, so does a corrupt heart send forth corrupt reasonings, corrupt appetites and passions, and all the wicked words and actions that come from them. A spiritual understanding of the law of God, and a sense of the evil of sin, will cause a man to seek for the grace of the Holy Spirit, to keep down the evil thoughts and affections that work within.

Verses 24-30: Christ never put any from him that fell at his feet, which a poor trembling soul may do. As she was a good woman, so a good mother. This sent her to Christ. His saying, Let the children first be filled, shows that there was mercy for the Gentiles, and not far off. She spoke, not as making light of the mercy, but magnifying the abundance of miraculous cures among the Jews, in comparison with which a single cure was but as a crumb. Thus, while proud Pharisees are left by the blessed Saviour, he manifests his compassion to poor humbled sinners, who look to him for children's bread. He still goes about to seek and save the lost.

Verses 31-37: Here is a cure of one that was deaf and dumb. Those who brought this poor man to Christ, besought him to observe the case, and put forth his power. Our Lord used more outward actions in the doing of this cure than usual. These were only signs of Christ's power to cure the man, to encourage his faith, and theirs that brought him. Though we find great variety in the cases and manner of relief of those who applied to Christ, yet all obtained the relief they sought. Thus it still is in the great concerns of our souls.

 


David Burnette's Life Application

Are You Telling Others About Jesus?

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Mark with Chapter 7. In our text today we see Jesus continuing is His Ministry as he rebukes the Pharisees on the heart of the Scriptures, while continuing to do miracles through healings. What catches my eye is when Jesus heals the sick they go and tell others of His great power and what Jesus did for them. In making application we see that when Jesus saves us a great miracle happens as we go from spiritual death unto life being sin sick we are now healed from this disease which should cause us to tell others just as these in the Scriptures. How about you? Are you saved? If so, are you telling others of the miracle in your life? Let us learn from our text today and the ministry of Jesus to see the great miracle that has happened to us which should cause us to go tell others of what Jesus did for us. 
 

 

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Mark 7

Mark 7

 1Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem.

 2And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.

 3For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.

 4And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables.

 5Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?

 6He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

 7Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

 8For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

 9And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

 10For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:

 11But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.

 12And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;

 13Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

 14And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand:

 15There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.

 16If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.

 17And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable.

 18And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him;

 19Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?

 20And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.

 21For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

 22Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

 23All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

 24And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid.

 25For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet:

 26The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.

 27But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.

 28And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs.

 29And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.

 30And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.

 31And again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis.

 32And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him.

 33And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue;

 34And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.

 35And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.

 36And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it;

 37And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.