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Sunday, July 08, 2007

Mark 7

Eat all food. As a Christian you must.

Summary:
Jesus' disciples didn't wash their food the way the Pharisees liked. Jesus rebuked them for following their own little rules to the T, but ignoring God's rules. Like, people don't have to honour their parents if they are giving a gift devoted to God.

Food goes in, then it comes out the back. It doesn't make you unclean. Sin which comes out does that.

So Jesus went into Gentile land, and a woman begged him to heal his daughter. He said that he had come for the Jews, and that he wouldn't give his gift to the unclean races. But she said that even the unclean can scavenge. For her faith, Jesus healed her daughter. Jesus also healed a deaf and mute man. He told them to keep quiet, but they didn't.

Key verse:
19. For it doesn't go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body." (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods "clean.")

My thoughts:
Mark adds a little interesting comment here. By the time this gospel was written, it is clear that the Christians ate all foods. Normally such a change in culture would be attributed to Jesus' vision in Acts, but here Mark is claiming that it is a command from Jesus himself. Very interesting.

Also interesting is that if Mark simply wanted to make a nice wee passage which clearly justified the Christians' eating habits, then he could've made it a lot clearer than this. The redactor of Mark clearly feels some compulsion to preserve stories as they are, either because it is from an earlier source, or because they are more depictions of actual real events than stories with a definite point.

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