Mark 7* The traditions of the elders. (1-13) What defiles the man.(14-23) The woman of Canaan's daughter cured. (24-30) Christrestores a man to hearing and speech. (31-37)1-13 One great design of Christ's coming was, to set aside theceremonial law; and to make way for this, he rejects theceremonies men added to the law of God's making. Those cleanhands and that pure heart which Christ bestows on his disciples,and requires of them, are very different from the outward andsuperstitious forms of Pharisees of every age. Jesus reprovesthem for rejecting the commandment of God. It is clear that itis the duty of children, if their parents are poor, to relievethem as far as they are able; and if children deserve to diethat curse their parents, much more those that starve them. Butif a man conformed to the traditions of the Pharisees, theyfound a device to free him from the claim of this duty. 14-23 Our wicked thoughts and affections, words and actions,defile us, and these only. As a corrupt fountain sends forthcorrupt streams, so does a corrupt heart send forth corruptreasonings, corrupt appetites and passions, and all the wickedwords and actions that come from them. A spiritual understandingof the law of God, and a sense of the evil of sin, will cause aman to seek for the grace of the Holy Spirit, to keep down theevil thoughts and affections that work within. 24-30 Christ never put any from him that fell at his feet,which a poor trembling soul may do. As she was a good woman, soa good mother. This sent her to Christ. His saying, Let thechildren first be filled, shows that there was mercy for theGentiles, and not far off. She spoke, not as making light of themercy, but magnifying the abundance of miraculous cures amongthe Jews, in comparison with which a single cure was but as acrumb. Thus, while proud Pharisees are left by the blessedSaviour, he manifests his compassion to poor humbled sinners,who look to him for children's bread. He still goes about toseek and save the lost. 31-37 Here is a cure of one that was deaf and dumb. Those whobrought this poor man to Christ, besought him to observe thecase, and put forth his power. Our Lord used more outwardactions in the doing of this cure than usual. These were onlysigns of Christ's power to cure the man, to encourage his faith,and theirs that brought him. Though we find great variety in thecases and manner of relief of those who applied to Christ, yetall obtained the relief they sought. Thus it still is in thegreat concerns of our souls.
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