Matthew Lesson 16 Day 3

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Matthew Lesson 16 Day 3

Matthew 15:10-20

6) What corrupts the soul?

In Matthew 15:11, Jesus says that what is taken into their mouths as food or drink does not affect their souls. But what comes out of their mouth as speech reveals the condition of their soul/heart/mind.

The rabbis taught that eating food with unwashed hands and eating food forbidden by Levitical law did corrupt the soul.

7a) You offended the Pharisees!

The disciples warned Jesus that the Pharisees were offended when they heard His statement regarding what goes into one’s mouth.

Jesus frees his disciples [and us] from the need to follow the traditions of the elders.

b)  Every tree not planted by the heavenly Father will be uprooted.

When a blind man leads a blind man, they will both stray from the path and neither will arrive at their intended destination. Even worse than that, they will both fall into a pit.

According to Mark 7:17, Peter wasn’t the only one who felt in the dark concerning the parable of what goes in and out of one’s mouth. Peter was bold enough to ask. Having grown up under the law, they couldn’t understand why Jesus would minimize the importance of dietary laws. And the idea that corruption could result from what came out of one’s mouth completely stumped them.

Religious blindness is still more difficult to heal than physical blindness.

8a) It’s not what goes into the mouth that defiles.

“What comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him unclean!”

Thoughts give birth and bear fruit. Evil thoughts produce evil speech and evil actions such as sexual perversion, violence, greed that leads to unethical business practices and stealing, hateful and obscene language, gestures and looks, lying and slander, arrogance, pride, and foolishness. 

b) Outward purity

Go to church.

Dress “appropriately.”

Pray before eating.

Doctrine and head knowledge oriented.

Try to project a Christian image and hide what’s really going on in our lives and relationships.

c) The words that come out of my mouth matter greatly.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    be acceptable in your sight,
    O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14

Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3

The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking. Proverbs 15:28

Gracious words are like a honeycomb,
    sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Proverbs 16:24

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