Mark 7:6 states,
“…’This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'”
In this text, Jesus was speaking of the Pharisees and the scribes. In Jesus’s time, the Pharisees, the elders, and the scribes represented what we would call now the highly religious and self-righteous. They esteemed themselves and the laws and rules they had created more than the word of God.
Jesus spoke to this issue then and he is speaking to it in us now. What man-made laws and rules have you deemed higher than God’s word?
Did you know that God is a healing God? He can heal us of our brokenness and of our despair. In Mark 7:23, Jesus speaks to the wickedness of the heart. He states,
“All evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
Jesus was speaking about the heart. The heart can trick us into believing things that are untrue: that we are jealous, wicked, evil, envious, and without hope.
When Jesus traveled from city to city, people heard of his healing power and how in just one touch a person’s whole entire body could be healed.
In Mark 5, a woman gets in the midst of Jesus and simply touches his garment and she is healed. She is quoted saying in Mark 5:28, “…If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.”
Jesus says to her in Mark 5:34, “…Daughter, your faith has made you well…”
What is Jesus saying to you about your faith in him? Has your faith in him made you well?
Ask yourself these questions:
Are you living in pain, in misery, in discontent because you are not aware that Jesus is here with you? Are you not aware that Jesus has come to save you and to heal you from your brokenness?
Take these words with you, “for where He leads me I will go with you.”
Jesus is saying to you, where the father leads him, he will go with you. He will go with you to the darkest, deepest depths of your heart. And he will rescue you; he will heal your heart and make you whole.
God bless you.