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Being Truly Cleansed
Mark 7:1-23
I.                     Intro
a.        Whenever I hear someone say that Christianity is an organized religion as being a list of dos and don’ts- it is troubling- that is not what our faith is about
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/*You miss the entire point- */it is about love/*
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When you love someone, you will do what pleases them, what is best for them, by nature of that sort of relationship, you will have a list
a.
I love my wife
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I have a list of dos and donts
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Do’s
1.       Water the flowers, wash the dishes, feed the kids
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Don’ts
1.       Don’t forget her birthday, don’t forget our anniversary
2.       But what defines my love for my wife is not the list of dos and donts
a.
Yesterday, the kids caught us smooching
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I never witnessed my parents ever kissing
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Unfortunate- they went through a period like many couples where there was very little affection
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But it did not stop them from their lists of things to do
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They worked hard, they cared for the family, they performed their duties
2.       And absent of love
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When you examine religion, especially Christianity, it can be the same way
1.       Absent of love, you are left with routine, a list of dos and donts
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/**/The Mishnah/*
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*Was  Jewish compilation of oral laws made at the end of the 2nd century it stated, *“Tradition is a fence around the law.”*
1.       Tradition protected God Holy Word and it assisted its people in keeping the law
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This fence began well enough, but as time passed the corruption and the wisdom of men produced absurdities
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Protecting the Sabbath
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There was a list of prohibitions
a.        */Looking in the mirror was forbidden/*- when you look you might see a white hair- tempted to pull it out- work on the Sabbath
b.       */You cannot wear false teeth-/* what if they fell out, you would have to bend over and pick them up, clean them and put them back in- work
c.        */You could wear a handkerchief, but not carry one-/* would be a burden
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That meant if you were upstairs and wanted to go downstairs, you would tie it around your neck walk downstairs and untie it and bow your nose outside
2.       Rabbis would even debate if a man had a wooden leg and his house caught fire- could he carry his wooden leg outside considered work?
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As we reflect upon all these prohibitions ridiculous, that is the result of faith when it is void of love
1.       Legalistic rituals arise when one focuses upon the letter of the law rather than the spirit of the law
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And the only way to effectively witness to someone who may criticize our faith is to reveal, the love for our Christ it should be reflected in our fences not building fences to know our Christ
Reading the Passage
Opening Prayer
*c.       **The Encounter With the Legalists, v.1-13*
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The Pharisees were always examining this new rabbi from Nazareth with cynicism
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They notice that Jesus’ disciples were eating bread with unclean hands
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One of the fences of the tradition was their obsession with cleanness or ritual cleansing
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This arose out of commandments in the OT for priests to cleanse themselves, but 200 yrs before Christ, all pious Jews, including Pharisees were practicing this ritual
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Their commitment to ritual cleansing made them extremely pious, self righteous, there is a swelling of arrogance and pride
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We have to make a note- I was in discussion just yesterday with Pastor Charlie, how he discovered that all Pharisees were not bad- they just got a bad rap for crucifying our Christ
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We know thee Pharisees to be bad
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We know that is a confrontation with Christ- He will reveal their evil intentions
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V.1, they were from Jerusalem, a special theological hit crew sent especially from Jerusalem to seek out this Jesus
2.       When they saw the disciples not washing their hands, they pounced, v.5
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They wanted answers, it was a theological debate
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An aspect greatly missed in written medium is aora of the environment unless stated by the author
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But we can sense some sort of sarcasim, condescending tone
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I am sure they had a great sense of arrogance about them, troubled that they had to travel all this way, for what, a carpenter masking as a teacher of the law
2.       I am sure they were not ready for Jesus’ retort, v.6
*d.      **Jesus Reveals Their Hypocrisy in Loving God, v.6*
“These people honors Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me.
But in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.”  - Isaiah 29:13  “Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.”
V.8
1.        Can you imagine the anger that began to arise in the Pharisees
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You must understand that in some rabbinic schools, they taught that rabbinic teachings, traditions were higher than Scripture itself, this was an outrage to criticize the traditions of the elders
2.       But what might have been more insulting
a.        Jesus with one quote from scripture had stripped them of what was the basis of their own existence
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What propagated their status was tradition, what made them feel superior was their own merit in keeping their traditions and for Christ to just stripped them of their self worth
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Enron
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“The Smartest Guys in the Room”
·         Enron employed around 21,000 people
·         was one of the world’s leading electricity, natural gas, pulp and paper, and communications companies, with claimed revenues of $111 billion in 2000.
/Fortune/ named Enron “America’s Most Innovative Company” for six consecutive years
·         It achieved infamy at the end of 2001, when it was revealed that its reported financial condition was sustained mostly by institutionalized, systematic, and creatively planned accounting fraud.
Enron has since become a popular symbol of willful corporate fraud and corruption.
o    They would set up offshore accounts so that they would avoid taxes to increase their profitablility
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