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Week 7 Day 5 Genesis 36 Mark 7

16 March, 2015

Genesis 36

Now Esau took his wives, his sons, his daughters, and all the members of his household, his cattle, all his beasts, and all his possessions which he had obtained in the land of Canaan, and he went into a land away from his brother Jacob. (‭Genesis‬ ‭36‬:‭6‬ AMP) Not enough room for the two families. Esau probably felt threatened by Jacob’s success too. 

For their great flocks and herds and possessions [which they had collected] made it impossible for them to dwell together; the land in which they were strangers could not support them because of their livestock. (‭Genesis‬ ‭36‬:‭7‬ AMP) So they separated 

Now the chapter continues with names and generations that frankly don’t interest me nor are they familiar names. I don’t subscribe much to genealogy but I know others who geek on it. However if it’s important to have been included in the bible then it shouldn’t be wholly ignored as irrelevant. 

Mark 7

NOW THERE gathered together to [Jesus] the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, For they had seen that some of His disciples ate with common hands, that is, unwashed [with hands defiled and unhallowed, because they had not given them a ceremonial washing]– (‭Mark‬ ‭7‬:‭1-2‬ AMP) The church leaders gathered. The learned ones. The ones who studied and were “educated”. 

Just as some countries that eat with their hand and have a “toilet hand” it may have been this way at this time. 

For the Pharisees and all of the Jews do not eat unless [merely for ceremonial reasons] they wash their hands [diligently up to the elbow] with clenched fist, adhering [carefully and faithfully] to the tradition of [practices and customs handed down to them by] their forefathers [to be observed]. (‭Mark‬ ‭7‬:‭3‬ AMP) Again any excuses were being found by the leadership to pick holes in Jesus and His disciples. 

And [when they come] from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they purify themselves; and there are many other traditions [oral, man-made laws handed down to them, which they observe faithfully and diligently, such as], the washing of cups and wooden pitchers and widemouthed jugs and utensils of copper and beds– (‭Mark‬ ‭7‬:‭4‬ AMP) Rules that man makes

And the Pharisees and scribes kept asking [Jesus], Why do Your disciples not order their way of living according to the tradition handed down by the forefathers [to be observed], but eat with hands unwashed and ceremonially not purified? (‭Mark‬ ‭7‬:‭5‬ AMP) Why these Jewish men no longer followed tradition set down I don’t know but they would have known the “rules”

There is not [even] one thing outside a man which by going into him can pollute and defile him; but the things which come out of a man are what defile him and make him unhallowed and unclean. (‭Mark‬ ‭7‬:‭15‬ AMP) What’s in our heart is what makes us clean or unclean. Our thoughts. 

And when He had left the crowd and had gone into the house, His disciples began asking Him about the parable. And He said to them, Then are you also unintelligent and dull and without understanding? Do you not discern and see that whatever goes into a man from the outside cannot make him unhallowed or unclean, Since it does not reach and enter his heart but [only his] digestive tract, and so passes on [into the place designed to receive waste]? Thus He was making and declaring all foods [ceremonially] clean [that is, abolishing the ceremonial distinctions of the Levitical Law]. And He said, What comes out of a man is what makes a man unclean and renders [him] unhallowed. For from within, [that is] out of the hearts of men, come base and wicked thoughts, sexual immorality, stealing, murder, adultery, Coveting (a greedy desire to have more wealth), dangerous and destructive wickedness, deceit; unrestrained (indecent) conduct; an evil eye (envy), slander (evil speaking, malicious misrepresentation, abusiveness), pride (the sin of an uplifted heart against God and man), foolishness (folly, lack of sense, recklessness, thoughtlessness). All these evil [purposes and desires] come from within, and they make the man unclean and render him unhallowed. (‭Mark‬ ‭7‬:‭17-23‬ AMP) Jesus spells it out

And Jesus arose and went away from there to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And He went into a house and did not want anyone to know [that He was there]; but it was not possible for Him to be hidden [from public notice]. Instead, at once, a woman whose little daughter had (was under the control of) an unclean spirit heard about Him and came and flung herself down at His feet. Now the woman was a Greek (Gentile), a Syrophoenician by nationality. And she kept begging Him to drive the demon out of her little daughter. And He said to her, First let the children be fed, for it is not becoming or proper or right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the [little house] dogs. But she answered Him, Yes, Lord, yet even the small pups under the table eat the little children’s scraps of food. And He said to her, Because of this saying, you may go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter [permanently]. And she went home and found the child thrown on the couch, and the demon departed. (‭Mark‬ ‭7‬:‭24-30‬ AMP) I’m struggling tonight. This should make more sense to me but I can’t seem to push though. 

When Jesus talks of feeding the children and the woman instantly responds she seems to know that Jesus isn’t talking about kids but more likely his disciples. The time should have been for them and their teaching. The woman showed brazen attitude then in saying she would take scraps. This bold confrontation again succeeds with Jesus. We too should sometimes be just as forthright with God. 

And they brought to Him a man who was deaf and had difficulty in speaking, and they begged Jesus to place His hand upon him. And taking him aside from the crowd [privately], He thrust His fingers into the man’s ears and spat and touched his tongue; And looking up to heaven, He sighed as He said, Ephphatha, which means, Be opened! And his ears were opened, his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak distinctly and as he should. And Jesus [in His own interest] admonished and ordered them sternly and expressly to tell no one; but the more He commanded them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. (‭Mark‬ ‭7‬:‭32-36‬ AMP) Jesus seems a little exasperated with people by now. He sighes as He commands the man’s ears to open. Was He tired? Was He trying so hard to lay low that He found these interruptions an irritation? Yet He is still gracious

Selah

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