Notes: September 22, 2009

“Are you also without understanding?”

Do you know that the source of sin is the heart of man and not the myriad violations of man-made traditions?

Mark 7:10-23; Matthew 15:10-20

  • Jesus explains to the people that traditions err in attempting to curb sin by controlling activity when in reality sin originates in the heart—and tradition cannot control man’s heart.
  • Did Jesus worry that his teaching contradicted and offended the Pharisees (v. 12)? No. They were, in his eyes, not of God and not to be of any concern to those who were of God (Mt 15:13-14).
  • He was bothered that the disciples didn’t grasp the lesson, so he emphasizes again that sin comes from within the man, not from violating traditions.