Mark 7:14–23, Zechariah 3: 1-10
7:19 For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)
Zechariah 3:4 “The angel said to those who were standing before him, ‘Take off his filthy clothes.’ Then he said to Joshua, “’See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.’”
In today's passage, we will talk about the controversy between Jesus and the religious leaders of his day regarding the clean laws, dietary laws and all the various regulations that had to do with ritual purity. The controversy began because Jesus’ disciples were eating with unwashed hands (Mark 7:2-4). According to the religious leaders, the disciples were violating the tradition of the elders. Jesus would be also guilty by association since he didn’t reprimand his disciples to eat with clean hands. Let’s see how Jesus responded to their accusation.
We will consider three points. First, the root of uncleanness. Secondly, we can’t cleanse ourselves no matter how hard we try. Thirdly, it’s Jesus who cleanses us.