If possible, read the whole chapter to see the full picture of what is happening here.
Then focus on the following section:
10Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. 11What goes into
a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but what comes out of his mouth, that
is what makes him ‘unclean.’ “ 12Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you
know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?” 13He replied, “Every
plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. 14Leave
them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”
15Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.” 16”Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them.
17”Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then
out of the body? 18But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart,
and these make a man ‘unclean.’ 19For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder,
adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20These are what make
a man ‘unclean’; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him ‘unclean.’ “
1. Jesus seems to spend a lot of time provoking the Pharisees by speaking harshly
to them. Yet, these are supposed to be the most devout leaders in the entire
nation. We may very likely be tempted to think likewise, “I’m glad I’m not like
them”. Actually, we are much similar to the Pharisees than we’d like to admit.
2. Are you like the Pharisees, caring much about how you look on the outside, but
neglect the purity on the inside; focusing on legalism/following the rules instead
of being faithful to God and sensitive to his Spirit?
3. Read through the sins listed in v19. Ask the Holy Spirit to shine in your heart for
you to see the filth and darkness there. Ask God for forgiveness and cleansing
of your heart.
Prayer & Journaling:
On your prayer journal, as you listen to God, write down a few thoughts, questions,
words, names, drawings, or anything that has come to your mind during this time.
Proverbs for Today: Prov 3:5-8
Talk about where sin begins. If the conclusion is the heart, discuss how the seed
of sin gets there. Do we open our heart to those seed by what we read, what
we watch, and what we listen to? What part do our friends play in our hearts
being open to the seeds of sin? Pray that God will give you wisdom as you make