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He Declared All Foods Clean

January 2, 2017

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He Declared All Foods Clean

Christians want  to be God-pleasing  —  or at least  they should want  to be God-pleasing.     Because of various influences  in their lives,  some Christians feel  that being God-pleasing  includes  abstaining  from certain foods.     It’s usually  a rule  in their church  that they feel bound to.     This feeling has been  a part of history  long before Christ came  to earth.

But,  Jesus took an opportunity  to show us  that abstaining  from certain foods  does not make us  God-pleasing.

The Pharisees noticed  that Jesus’ disciples  did not wash their hands  in the prescribed ceremonial way  before eating,  so they approached Jesus  with their problem.     Then  Jesus pointed out  that they were making  their man-made traditions  to be more important  than God’s word.

The traditions  of ceremonially washing hands  and abstaining  from certain foods  do not make a person  more acceptable  in God’s eyes.     Jesus explained this unwashed hands truth  in Mark 7:18-23,

“Whatever goes  into the man  from outside  cannot defile him,  because it does not go  into his heart,  but into his stomach,  and is eliminated.”     (Thus He declared all foods clean.)     And He was saying,  “That which proceeds  out of the man,  that is what  defiles the man.     For  from within,  out of the heart  of men,  proceed the evil thoughts,  fornications,  thefts,  murders,  adulteries,  deeds of coveting  and wickedness,  as well as deceit,  sensuality,  envy,  slander,  pride  and foolishness.     All these evil things proceed  from within  and defile the man.”

Here  Jesus showed  that we are all sinners  —  without exception.     Abstaining from certain foods  and only eating  with  ceremonially washed hands  can never help us.     Instead,  we need  to have our hearts  cleaned out.     Our hearts  are filled with “evil thoughts” galore  that “defile” us.

The only option  for a truly God-pleasing life  is to put our faith  in Jesus’ sacrifice  on the cross  that paid for our sins.     Faith in Jesus makes us righteous  in God’s eyes.

Resting  in Jesus’ merits,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for cleansing us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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