What Really Makes People Unclean

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Jesus called the crowd together and asked them to listen to what He had to say and try to understand  the important information He had to share with them (v. 10). He told them that it was not the type of food they put in their mouth that made them unclean and unfit to worship God (v. 11). Instead it  was the words that come out of their mouth that make them unclean and defiles them as a person.

Then His disciples asked Him if he realized that he had insulted the Pharisees by what He had said  (v. 12)? He answered by saying, “Every plant that my Father in Heaven has not planted will be pulled up by the roots (v. 13). Stay away from those Pharisees! They are like blind people trying to lead other blind people, and all of them will fall into a ditch” (v. 14).

Then Peter asked Jesus what He meant by this parable (v. 15). Jesus responded by saying, “Don’t any of you know what I am talking about by now (v. 16)? Don’t you know that the food you put into your stomach goes out of the body into the sewer (v. 17)? But the words that come out of your mouth  come from your heart and they are what make you unfit to worship God (v. 18). These are things like murder, unfaithfulness in marriage, telling lies, stealing, slander, blasphemy etc. (v. 19). These are what make you unclean (v. 20). Eating without washing your hands will not make you unfit to worship God." 


I am so thankful that my sins have been blotted out by the shed blood of Christ on the cross of Calvary some 2000 years ago.

Matthew 15:10-20 (English Standard Version)

And he called the people to him and said to them, "Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person." Then the disciples came and said to him, "Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?" He answered, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit." But Peter said to him, "Explain the parable to us." And he said, "Are you also still without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone."

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