We continue Mark’s revelation of Jesus’ Word in Mark 7:14-23.
“There is nothing outside of a person that can defile him by going into him.” “For it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and then goes out into the sewer.”
You know what this means?
- There is no unclean food. – This is Jesus’ specific point.
What remains, I feel, can be inferenced.
- A person’s touch cannot defile you.
- A virus or infection cannot defile you.
- A person’s words cannot defile you.
What does that leave? Yourself.
“Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles him.” – No, this does not mean poop or vomit.
“For from within, out of the human heart, come evil ideas, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, evil, deceit, debauchery, envy, slander, pride, and folly.”
(Do you think Jesus had a list prepared?)
Does this mean that we are fallen, broken, wrong, depraved, or otherwise corrupted? No!
This simply means that we have the capacity for all of these things. This is what my Ph.D. has been about, showing that our proclivity for evil is a natural result of being humans, as designed by God.
All sin, all of the listed evils that come from the human heart, arise when we respond poorly to fear.
Sexual Immorality – Fear of being alone/abandoned/worthless.
Theft – Fear of death or losing security. Alternatively, fear of being worthless.
Murder – Fear of betrayal/abandonment/being unimportant – Pretty much fear of anything can lead to this outcome, it depends on the specific case.
Adultery – See Sexual Immorality
Greed – See Theft
Evil – See Murder — Anyone seeing a pattern here?
Deceit – See Sexual Immorality
Debauchery – Fear of being worthless.
Envy – Fear of losing security/being worthless.
Slander – See Envy
Pride – See Envy
Folly – See All of The Above
Don’t just take my word for it, search your own history, your own heart. Those things that most ashamed you, that have hurt others, what truly motivated those actions? Is it not that you were afraid?
Here’s the kicker I will leave you with, though.
Fear is Innate to the Human Condition.
Fear itself is not sin, but the root of it. Our responses to it, our choices, are what lead to sinful actions. How do we combat this? We learn about fear, our own fear, and we conquer it.
Grace and Peace to you all.