The Weekend Word
What Defiles a Person? – (before God)
What defiles a man before men? Smoking – Eating saturated fats – Drinking 32oz Cokes – anything the food police deem bad.
10 And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand:
- When Jesus says this, you had better pay attention and not just blow it off.
11 it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”
- This is in total contradiction to what the hearers think – They think it is following the dietary laws — eating only kosher.
- I can’t eat or drink certain things (being a vegetarian for religious purposes).
- This is the excuse that my sin, my problems come from the outside.
- Jesus blows the lid off that. You are your own problem.
12 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?”
- Does anyone think that Jesus didn’t know who his audience was?
13 He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up.
- Man-made doctrines can be ignored and the makers of man-made doctrines will one day get theirs.
14 Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”
- Jesus is saying don’t follow those who teach false doctrine.
- Today we think doctrine is too divisive so folks want to avoid it.
- We say “doctrine should not divide anyone – therefore we will overlook doctrinal differences. Then we make up categories like primary and secondary issues / doctrines. Who gets to make those 2 lists?
- Did Luther say “hey, the Pope’s a nice guy, give him a pass.”?
15 But Peter said to him, “Explain the parable to us.”
- Peter just comes up and says “Hey Jesus, quit beating around the bush – just explain this to us. We don’t get it.”
16 And he said, “Are you also still without understanding?
- Is Jesus playing with Peter? I think so.
17 Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled?
- Is this part clear enough?
18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.
- Have you ever hurt anyone by what you have eaten?
- Have you ever hurt anyone by what has come out of your mouth – words?
19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.
- A good list – and from my point of view, no one accidently does these things – we usually think long and hard, even planning these sins.
20 These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.”
- But some folks are tied up in the rituals
- It was for sayings like this that made Jesus so dangerous to those in authority.
- We are all Pharisees at heart / by nature. I am.
- I just think if I can control my outward actions that I will be pure and righteous before God.
- No, the sewage comes from within – every time I open my mouth reveals more fruit of my sinful condition.
- To change takes the Holy Spirit.
The Faith of a Canaanite Woman – here we will have a shift of scene
21 And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon.
- Jesus leaves the offended Pharisees – Those who represent the old Israel – he is beginning to do the separations.
- He is now off to pagan land.
22 And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.”
- I will give away the punch line here – this woman will be the beginning of the description of the new Israel.
- Now to be one of belief.
- As we go along, compare her to the Jews who refuse to confess Jesus as Lord and this woman who does.
- This woman has 2 strikes against her – (1) she is a Canaanite – the Jews were to have driven them all out of the land and (2) she is a woman.
- But she knows exactly who Jesus is.
23 But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying out after us.”
- The disciples have a pretty good self opinion – she is crying out after “us”
- What would we think? I would be so done with him.
- He surely can’t be my God – what do we do when we don’t get from God what we want? We put God on trial
- Think about it – she does everything right – she calls him Lord – recognizes he is the Son of David and she petitions for others, not herself – and she blames the devil for the problems not God.
- And what does she get – silence – and the disciples are no help.
24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
- What is he saying to her since she is a Canaanite?
- “Hey, I’m not here for you honey.”
25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.”
- She pays no attention – she does not go away.
- She believes she is a dear child of the heavenly father in spite of what she hears.
26 And he answered, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
- Jesus replies – “I do not share the good stuff with outsiders.”
27 She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”
- Note that she always calls him Lord and admits to being a dog
- Yet we go on saying “O, my God would never say that / do that!”
- This woman is much smarter than the Pharisees and teachers
- She can yes lord, but I know from the OT that you have promises out there not just to Israel but to the whole world.
28 Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
- She trusts and Jesus delivers
- She lives by faith – an example to Israel to trust in the Messiah – and they failed.
- An example to us – it is not just the church. This is the same pattern we see at the end of Matthew where the disciples are sent out to convert the whole world – but they still went to the synagogues first
- To the Jew first until rejected.
Nice study, MLD, with incisive questions.
Great commentary this week MLD.
IMNSHO and FWIW – this is one of MLD’s best 🙂
You brought up a very good point that I have neither ever thought of myself, nor been told about it by anyone else. That point is the woman stating the dog’s eating crumbs that fall on the flood by their master, being in reference to the Old Testament stating that God has promises to the whole world and not just to Israel.
Perhaps many of you Pastors are, and have been, well aware of this, but I am one layperson that this is a first to.
Like a brick upside the head, it brought light to me as being the beginning of Christ’s Earthly humanity completely in accordance to the fulfillment of the old Testament to include His offer too us Gentile’s.
Thank you for this needed (to me) affectation regarding His Holy Word.
God bless you,
Linnea, Jean, em – thanks for the kind comments.
Paul A. Lytton,
Thank you for the thank you – and thanks for “getting it”.
When you get that, then you get the folly of dispensationalism in any of it’s forms down to just the basic lite touch ‘rapture theology’ – all of which forbid the reading of the Old Testament in light other new – in other words, the New Testament is the sole interpreter of the Old Testament.
Dispensationalists / rapture theologians will deny they do this but it only takes a few NT verses applied to the OT promises to dispel their error — and this is one of them. The Canaanite woman and the Roman centurion were not Jews and they both get it once they see it – while the Jews, the Pharisees etc are blind to it because this is their party and no outsiders are allowed in – by God’s command.
If you take my opening comments from last weeks study;
“This is the beginning of the old Israel coming to Jesus (the new Israel) and wanting to know why he is changing things. Jesus is going to tell them. The old has served it’s purpose, the old has gone to seed, the old is done in God’s economy.”
and match it to my comments in v.22 here – I think I make the point that Matthew is making from chapter 15 to the conclusion. Each time Jesus confronts ‘old Israel’ through the Scribes, Sadducees and Pharisees he is saying done!!
When he speaks to the “outsiders” he is establishing his new Israel – which is called the Church. Ezekiel 37 speaks directly to a new Israel rising out of a dead old Israel.
#6- why is dispensationalism such a sore spot? if you don’t see it, you don’t see it … there is a case to be made that the concept has opportunists some trying to profit off of it, but we’ve always got Believers who go to seed on some concept or other for all kinds of reasons…
Em, the so called ‘hucksters’ don’t bother me at all. It’s those who are the serious teachers.
As I point out it is a wrong headed reading of scripture (the reading of the OT into the NT) and the whole plan B deal – that many today back pedal from in public discourse but in private still hold to. Scofield and Chafee (Walvoord & Ryrie until almost 1960) calling the Jews God’s earthly kingdom inhabitants and the church God’s heavenly inhabitants.
Much of this was covered up by the, I think 1967 new edition of the Scofield Bible.
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