Living in the Two Hearts

My Spiritual Insights and Musings

A Gospel Connection

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on August 31, 2009

Today (Sunday), as I sat in my Holy Hour, reading today’s readings in my Word among us I began to reflect on a similarity between the Gospel reading in Mark 7:6-8, 14, 21-22 with the Gospel of John 2:23-25.

This first Gospel message speaks to the Pharisees, scribes, and the people in attendance reminding them that it’s not what’s goes into a person that defiles them, but that which comes from within the heart.  This immediately brought to mind the passage in John when Jesus is attending one of His first Passovers since His public ministry began.  The people are “listening”, but they are not really changing.  They still have their misconceptions of who the Messiah is, so when they seek to make Jesus their king, He retreats from them.  Jesus knew they did not understand.  He knew they were not interested in changing their evil ways.

Sounds kind of familiar, doesn’t it?

6 And [Jesus] said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; 7 in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’ 8 You leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men (When speaking on the religiosity of the ‘letter of the Law’, practices that when not observed ostracize people; thus ignoring God’s command of ‘Love your Neighbor as yourself ‘ ).”

14 And He called the people to Him again, and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: 15 there is nothing outside a man which by going into him can defile him; but the things which come out of a man are what defile him.”

23 Now when [Jesus] was in Jerusalem at the Passover feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did; 24 but Jesus did not trust Himself to them, 25 because He knew all men and needed no one to bear witness of man; for He Himself knew what was in man, (all the more reason why God became man!  Mankind needed sanctification badly).

21 “…For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a man.”

Jn 3:36

He who believes in the Son has eternal life; he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God rests upon him.

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