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Sunday, April 3 2016

Mark 7: The Parable Of Washing The Dishes

"His disciples asked Him concerning the parable ... And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables"

The LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) long-ago declared His health Laws for the humans that He created (see The Thinker From The Soil and Adam and Adamah). Among those laws of life are the timeless principles of healthy diet and hygiene for all of humanity (see the Fact Finder question below). There is nothing "religious" about what helps to keep humans healthy, for as long as possible, until the time of change (see The Biology Of The Resurrection).

The religious "authorities" in the time of the Messiah's first coming had by then taken the actual Law of the LORD, as given to their ancestors centuries earlier to record for all of humanity, and changed them into their their laws - which in many cases had become nothing more than a public show of self-righteousness, rather than the rightful purpose that the LORD intended for them. The "For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do" wasn't about having clean food utensils, which is good and right (see Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness), but turning "doing the dishes" into a mere show in which, even then, they didn't get truly clean.

The Pool of Siloam

"7:1 Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem. 7:2 And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault. 7:3 For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders. 7:4 And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables.

7:5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?

7:6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written,

This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

7:9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. 7:10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: 7:11 But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free. 7:12 And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother; 7:13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

7:14 And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand: 7:15 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man. 7:16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.

7:17 And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable. 7:18 And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; 7:19 Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?

7:20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. 7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 7:22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 7:23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man." (Mark 7:1-23 KJV)

Lebanon is located immediately north of Galilee. As such, the cities of Lebanon, including Tyre and Sidon, were closer to the Messiah's homes in Nazareth and Capernaum than Jerusalem. The Messiah frequently visited Lebanon during His Ministry (see Into The Coasts Of Tyre And Sidon).

Sidon It was in Lebanon that the famous incident of the healing of the Greek (a remnant population of the Greek Empire in Israel and Syria; see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids) woman's daughter occurred - a woman whose faith was so strong that it was ahead of her time of calling.

"7:24 And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid.

7:25 For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet: 7:26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.

7:27 But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.

7:28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs.

7:29 And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.

7:30 And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed." (Mark 7:24-30 KJV)

The Messiah then crossed over to the area east of the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan River (the Jordan River originates north of the Sea of Galilee and flows right through the Sea of Galilee, exiting at the south shore where it then continues its course south to Judea) where more believers were healed.

"7:31 And again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis.

7:32 And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him.

7:33 And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue; 7:34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened. 7:35 And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.

7:36 And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it; 7:37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak." (Mark 7:31-37 KJV)

Fact Finder: What are some of the Creator's Laws of healthy diet and hygiene?
See What Makes Creatures Clean or Unclean? and Bacteria; also Sexual Abominations


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This Day In History, April 3

503 BC: As stated on the Fasti Triumphales (stone tablets that were once erected in the Roman Forum), Roman consul Publius Postumius Tubertus celebrated a military victory over the Sabines (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).

Roman Ruins 686: Maya king of the Kaan kingdom Yuknoom Yich'aak K'ahk' assumed the throne of Calakmul.

1043: Edward the Confessor was crowned the King of England.

1189: Emperor Frederick Barbarossa and Pope Clement III resolved their disagreements and signed the Peace of Strasbourg (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation and Emperors and Popes).

1531: Martin Luther was excommunicated by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (Luther was condemned by the Emperor, not the Pope; see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) at the Diet (the term for a legislative assembly in some countries) of Worms ("Worms" is the English rendering of Vorms, a city in Germany).

1559: Philip II of Spain and Henry II of France signed the Treaty of Cateau-Cambresis in France, ending nearly 60 years of war.

1721: Sir Robert Walpole was appointed first lord of the treasury and chancellor of the exchequer, effectively Britain's first Prime Minister.

1756: The Marquis de Montcalm sailed from France for Canada, where he would later die at the Battle of The Plains of Abraham (a battle that decided Canada's political future, which up to that time had been contested between Britain and France). The British commander, General James Wolfe, was also killed in the battle, near Quebec City on September 13 1759.

1882: The U.S. frontier criminal (gang leader, bank and train robber, murderer) Jesse James was killed by a member of his own outlaw gang, Robert Ford.

1885: Gottlieb Daimler was granted a German patent for his engine design.

1922: Joseph Stalin was appointed as the first General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

1930: Ras Tafari was proclaimed Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia.

1933: Royal Air Force Lt. David McIntyre and the Scottish Marquess of Clydesdale, flying 2 open-cockpit Westland aircraft, completed the first overflight and aerial photographic survey of Mount Everest.

1936: Bruno Hauptmann, convicted kidnapper and killer of aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh's infant son, was executed.

1949: Transjordan signed an armistice with Israel (which was actually the return of the southern kingdom of Judah; see The Southern Kingdom and The Gathering of Israel and Judah) that had become an independent nation (again) the year before (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).

1968: Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech. It was his last; King was assassinated the next day by James Earl Ray, a U.S. Army veteran and escaped felon with convictions for burglary, armed robbery and mail fraud.

1969: U.S. Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announced that the U.S. would start to "Vietnamize" the war effort (the Vietnam War was actually a civil war of the Vietnamese people whose nation had been divided into South and South by imperial France and the U.S. in the 1940s and 1950s).

1996: Theodore Kaczynski was arrested in Montana as the terrorist "Unabomber."

1996: Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and all 29 passengers and 6 crew were killed when a U.S. government aircraft crashed in Croatia.

2000: Microsoft was ruled to have violated U.S. antitrust laws by keeping "an oppressive thumb" on its competitors.


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