2022-11-04 “Are We So Dull? Don’t We See That?”(Mark 7:17-23)

4/11 “Are We So Dull? Don’t We See That連我們也是這樣不明白嗎?難道不知道 … ?”(Read阅读Mark 马可福音 7:17-23)

… ‘Are you so dull?’ he asked. ‘Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? 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.) He went on: ‘What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come … All these evils come from inside and defile a person.’

… 他對他們說:“連你們也是這樣不明白嗎?難道不知道從外面進去的,不能使人污穢嗎?因為不是進到他的心,而是進到他的肚腹,再排泄到外面去。”(他這樣說是表示各樣食物都是潔淨的。)接著他又說:“從人裡面出來的,才會使人污穢。因為從裡面,就是從人的心裡,發出… 這一切惡事,是從人裡面出來的,都能使人污穢。”

After calling the crow to Him for telling the parable, Lord Jesus addresses His disciples’ query pointing out that people are defiled from the inside out rather than from the outside in (which is particularly true of traditions, rituals and ceremonial things like foods). He begins with a long,13-part list that exposes the kind of evil that lives in the human heart, the evil thought from which the evil action comes. We do not need to travel a long distance to find the source of these sins. We do not need to conduct an exhaustive search. All we need to do is look at we own heart.



Oh Sovereign God, the devil has been preaching upon this text and few have been able to escape the horrible exposition. Many of us know that using words against anyone means slander and using words against you means blasphemy. Strictly speaking, blasphemy means insulting God or anyone who has been made in the image and likeness of God. Are we so dull? Do we not really see that? Have pity upon us! Amen.


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