Leaving God’s Word: Part II Mark 7:9-13

We started off by talking about how Jesus reveal to us the truth. We would be lost without Him, building false religious empires of emptiness and darkness.

We saw in our text:

I. Experts at Rejecting God’s Word (read verse 9)

The religious give off the pretense of being Godly and connected with the Scripture. This is the danger of religion, it claims to being following God, sometimes even with a Bible purported to be the foundation. However, in reality religious people are experts at rejecting God’s Word.

Pray: That the Word of God has its full effect in our lives; penetrating the heart and bringing lasting change.

Discuss: The danger of finding ways to slither around the Word of God, rejecting it.

It was noted that in our sin we have “beautiful” ways of seeming like we are embracing God, while we are at the same time thoroughly rejecting Him. What does this mean and what does it look like?

Pray: That God would demolish “beautiful” ways of rejecting Him.

II. A Tragic Exchange

The traditions of man replaced the Bible. Read and discuss the example used by Jesus in verses 10-12.

Corban was anything (food, money, property) that was “dedicated” to God in a vow. Yet, these items could still be used by the one who dedicated them. The only restriction was that they could not be used for the purposes of or given to the one’s whom the vow had excluded (in this example, parents). Look up Exodus 20:12, 21:15&17 [I Timothy 5:4]

Pray: That God would enable us to be wise to ways that seem moral and good, but are exchanges of the truth.

It was noted that:

A. We often hear that Christians are narrow minded and moralistic. However, our culture is extremely moralistic, unashamedly and unrelentingly telling us what to believe and accept as appropriate.

We talked about the show “What would you do?” This is an example of the fact that our culture is dedicated to ethical norms in our society. We must ask:

What is the foundation for our morals?

Who defines them?

Talk about the example of the child in the trash bag and abortion.

B. We hear often from our society that we should be loving? Who defines what love is? See I Corinthians 13:6

C. We have created our own, personal religions. Yet, what makes them true?

From these examples we see that modern Phariseeism is alive and well.

III. A Voiding Completed

Read verse 13 and discuss it compared to Proverbs 20:20/30:17

Conclusion: There is no mercy in legalism; there is nothing to offer forgiveness. Jesus was bringing the soothing balm of compassion and relief to hardened hearts.