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Lesson # Matt. 15:10-11
Study Material - Matt. 15:10-11
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
10 And [kai] he called [proskaleomai] the multitude [ochlos] , and said [epo] unto them [autos] , Hear [akouo] , and [kai] understand [suniemi] :
11 Not [ou] that which goeth [eiserchomai] into [eis] the mouth [stoma] defileth [koinoo] a man [anthropos] ; but [alla] that which cometh [ekporeuomai] out of [ek] the mouth [stoma] , this [touto] defileth [koinoo] a man [anthropos] . KJV-Interlinear
10 And after He called the multitude to Him, He said to them, 'Hear, and understand. 11 'Not what enters into the mouth defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.' NAS
There are two states in which people can live, and I am not referring to Kansas and Texas, but there are two states or spheres in which a person lives in this world and they are being clean or unclean.
God always puts things in the simplest of terms so even the low IQ person can understand. Unfortunately the simple terminology is often a stumbling block to the higher IQ types.
Clean or unclean? To be clean is to be in fellowship, free of sin, free of anything that might be considered, well unclean. To be out of fellowship is to be unclean. How can that be mad more simple?
So if in the world you are not living in accordance with Gods will, then you are unclean, or defiled. Defiled means to be common, to be unclean, to be polluted. Therefore anyone who is in fellowship by definition is clean, above the common, pure, and not polluted.
Those who reject God have a high regard for themselves, placing themselves on pedestals, defining themselves as being of a higher calling, when in fact they are 'common' and 'unclean.' They just don't smell themselves.
They live in the world of the superficial. They rely on the external. Traditions are an external oriented concept. What one does with his hands (wash or not wash) is a physical issue. These both have nothing to do with the spiritual life.
Leviticus is filled with ritual. Defining what one can eat or not eat, what one (women) must do when on their monthly menstrual cycle. The male requirement of circumcision, and so forth. These rituals were never called sin, but were used as teaching aids to begin the teaching process of a people that had been in slavery for 400 years and under the influence of the Egyptian gods and philosophies. To learn Gods Word they needed reminders, teaching aids, to help them learn, and to remember Gods will.
The physical and the spiritual never cross. They are mutually exclusive. What one eats is not an issue in life. But what one thinks is very much an issue. Whether you eat pork, or beef, or lettuce, or chocolate is of no consequence, except for your personal preference. These have nothing to do with the spiritual life.
What you learn and focus your attention on in life does have an impact on what your will eventually say and do. Learn the wrong things and your words and actions will be substandard according to the Bible. Since the real you is in your soul, then its content determines your spiritual state - clean or unclean.
God does not look on the outward but on the inward, 1 Sam. 16:6-7. The inward cannot be hidden. The inward represents the real you. The outward is easily falsified and very seldom represents the real person.
The Pharisees had in their laps a huge burden which they created themselves, along with their predecessors, and that burden was the huge volume of regulations in which they had trapped themselves. No one could possibly keep let alone remember all the regulations they had established. So in due course they created a law called the Law of Intention. Using this law a person could get up in the morning, say to themselves that they 'intend' to be clean all day. If they fumble in anything during the day, then it was excused because they 'intended' to be clean. Convenient. Traditions always result in or are modified for 'convenience' sooner or later.
Often times the Bible will state things that are easy to understand, but the problems in peoples lives arise in that these simple things become hard or difficult to accept. Why? Because their pride, or stubbornness get in their way. People become their own worst enemy.
We all have our responsibilities in life. First to ourselves, to grow up spiritually, and next to our families, to our work, and then to society in general, and so forth. When we get away from our Bible study, these responsibilities become superficial and arbitrary. If avoiding responsibility is inconvenient, or demeaning, or rubs our pride in some wrong way, then the arrogant pride wins out. The responsibilities in life get tossed into the back seat. Other less important issues receive greater attention.
What comes out of the mouth? That depends entirely on what entered into the soul before. Only four things come out of the mouth - air, words, saliva, and vomit. Only the words have anything to do with the soul. Only the words or rather their origin can be controlled by the individual. The other three are things that you really cannot control - they are of the physical world and have nothing to do with the spiritual life.
At death those three will cease but the soul and its content, or lack thereof, will continue into eternity.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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