Mark 7

He has done all things well!

Mark 7

Mark 7:8

You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men. (use)

Deuteronomy 10:12

And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul (use)

Deuteronomy 10:13

and to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORD, which I am commanding you today for your good? (use)

Deuteronomy 11:1

You shall therefore love the LORD your God and keep his charge, his statutes, his rules, and his commandments always. (use)

After duly weighing all these points, nothing occurs to me as more probable, than that under the priesthood of Jethro the true God was worshipped, according as tradition had revealed Him, but not purely; because religion was at that time everywhere contaminated by diverse superstitions.

Calvin, J., 1563. John Calvin’s Bible Commentaries On The Harmony Of The Law Vol. 1. (use)

Nehemiah 1:5

And I said, "O LORD God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments (use)

Nehemiah 10:29

...enter into a curse and an oath to walk in God’s Law ... to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord and his rules and his statutes. (use)

Our faith is but a single gem upon a rosary of beads; the thread of truth which runs through them supports our varied human needs.

Storey, John Andrew. 1985. All Faiths, Hymn Number 130 in Hymns for Living. (use)

Micah 6:6

With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? (use)

Malachi 2:5

My covenant with him was one of life and peace, and I gave them to him. It was a covenant of fear, and he feared me. He stood in awe of my name. (use)

Mark 7:13

...making void the word of God by your tradition... (use)

The Bible has some fierce things to say about alternative religions when they militate against the will, and the people, of God. One might fairly conclude, in fact, that the primary lesson of the entire Old Testament, learned by the people of God only after suffering centuries of oppression, famine, and finally exile, is that "religion" is a bad thing unless it centers on the one, true God. Mere "faith" of any sort cannot possibly be the sole ground for cultural cooperation.

Stackhouse Jr, J.G., 2017. Just Who Are These ‘People of Faith’ Anyway? ChristianityToday. (use)

Amos 5:22

Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals, I will not look upon them. (use)

Mark 7:15

There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him. (use)

Genesis 9:3

Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you {Noah}. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. (use)

Leviticus 11:2

{Moses...} Speak to the people of Israel, saying, These are the living things that you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth. (use)

Leviticus 11:44

For I am the LORD your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy.... (use)

Micah 6:8

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (use)

We must not lose sight of the fact that God’s wrath is very real and very justified... we have rebelled wilfully against his commands, defied his moral law, and acted in total defiance of known will for us. 

Bridges, J. 2017. Trusting God. (use)

Mark 7:18

...Then are you also without understanding?... (use)

Mark 7:19

...(Thus he declared all foods clean.) (use)

There may be some sins of which a man cannot speak, but there is no sin which the blood of Christ cannot was away.

Spurgeon, C. 1858. The Evil and its Remedy. (use)

Acts 10:12

...all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds... (use)

Acts 10:15

And the voice came to him again a second time, "What God has made clean, do not call common." (use)

1 Corinthians 6:12

"All things are lawful for me," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful for me," but I will not be dominated by anything. (use)

Mark 7:21

For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, (use)

I am tempted to think that there are some sins for which I have no natural taste, such as strong drink, profane language, etc., so that I need not fear temptation to such sins. This is a lie-a proud, presumptuous lie. The seeds of all sins, are in my heart, and perhaps all the more dangerously that I do not see them.

Bonar, A.A. and MACCHEYNE, R.M., 1960. The Life of Robert Murray McCheyne (use)

Mark 7:26

Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. (use)

Mark 7:27

...the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs. (use)

We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God. God will be constantly crossing our paths and canceling our plans by sending us people with claims and petitions.

Bonhoeffer, D., 1939. Life Together The Classic Exploration of Christian Community. (use)

Exodus 4:22

Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD, Israel is my firstborn son, (use)

Deuteronomy 14:2

For you are a people holy to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. (use)

Isaiah 49:6

...I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.... (use)

That this incident was a turning point in the ministry of Jesus cannot be denied, and there are good grounds for arguing that Matthew’s Gospel revolves around it. For from this point onwards Jesus ceased ministering only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel and engaged in a wider all-inclusive ministry. [Mark 7]

Pett, P., 2011. Pett's Commentary on the Bible. (use)

Mark 7:28

...yet even the dogs the children’s crumbs. (use)

Mark 7:30

And she went home and found the child lying in bed and the demon gone. (use)

Mark 7:35

And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. (use)

Mark 7:32

...a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him... (use)

Psalm 22:22

I will tell of your name to my brothers; (use)

Topics and Themes

About Jesus

Mark 7:1

...Pharisees gathered to him... (use)

Mark 7:5

...Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders...? (use)

Mark 7:6

...he said to them, "Well did Isaiah... (use)

Mark 7:8

You leave the commandment of God... (use)

Mark 7:10

...For Moses said... (use)

Mark 7:14

...he called the people to him... (use)

Mark 7:18

and he said... (use)

Mark 7:24

...he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden. (use)

Mark 7:27

...Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs. (use)

Mark 7:29

...the demon has left your daughter. (use)

Mark 7:33

...he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. (use)

Mark 7:34

...looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him,... (use)

Mark 7:36

...Jesus charged them to tell no one.... (use)


Mark 7:15

...nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him... (use)


Mark 7:29

...the demon has left your daughter. (use)

Mark 7:35

...his ears were opened, his tongue was released,... (use)

Key Verse

Mark 7:23

All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person. (use)