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Fault Finders – Religious Nitpickers (Part C)

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May 24, 2021 6:00 am

Fault Finders – Religious Nitpickers (Part C)

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May 24, 2021 6:00 am

Pastor Rick teaches from the Gospel of Mark (Mark 7:1-23)

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All these evil things come from within and defile a man so sin begins in the heart, not the stomach, washing hands, all of us struggle, various things at various times. Ephesians chapter 1 verse seven in him we have redemption through his blood forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace, he himself has given this grace is grace, not mine.

This is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher Rick Gaston. Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville. Pastor Rick is currently teaching through the book of Mark, please stay with us after today's message to hear more information about cross reference radio, specifically how you can get a free copy of this teaching today.

Pastor Rick will conclude his study called fault finders religious nitpicker's in Mark chapter 7 Jesus maybe speaking in the Aramaic and in Mark is translating his words using the Septuagint and that's why if you look in your Bibles that Isaiah 29 where Christ is quoting you may not see it word for word, but if you go to a translation of the Septuagint, then you will see it word for word, no injustice, no corruption whatsoever is just used the use of different words to say the same thing is some practice in of writing you just don't want to keep using the same word over and over anyway in their lives. They claim Yahweh in their speech statement while in his speech the day, but not in their lives. Think they went opposite me says teaching as doctrines the commandments of men well by the time of course Christ comes to the earth. The rabbis had decided that to carry a loaf of bread from one house to another house on the Sabbath was work to the system I knew. Should that the end is just a little bit just a little bit better if you put a lamp out on the Sabbath day you will working. If you picked up a child and the child holding a toy anything a rock. Now you are violating the Sabbath. You could pick the child up on the Sabbath day with the child could not carry anything if you had studs on the bottom of your send all your sandals from before traction. You are violating the CCA just went out of the world to this day in Israel on the Sabbath day, the elevators and hotels there automatic. You gotta go to every floor because if you push that button on the Sabbath, you violated this is what Christ was up is you really think this would God had in mind for the people in it didn't everywhere look. Another rule giving the Jewish people. The mission in the Talmud which just really useless writings. They already had Moses and the prophets wanted they need those guys because someone had to tell them to pick up a child a rock in his hand was a violation Sabbath to God and go far enough for these guys.

They were smarter they were intelligent.

Colossians 222, according to the commandments and doctrines of men? Paul asked is challenging, it is going after it.

Titus 114 not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men who turn from the truth. Paul was Jewish, not anti-somatic is anti-anti-Bible.

That's what it is. Verse eight. Now I forgot we got a lot of verses ago for laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men, washing of pictures cups many other such things. You do gonna repeat that many other such things.

You, Mark already entered at it.

Christ will say it twice. It's a tone of irritation why you doing this. So the more they put into their tradition, the less they apply themselves to God.

That is what happened then and that is what happens to this day, their departure from God's Word and God's truth ruined them, and have already quoted you know Christ saying you're mistaken. Not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.

Why don't they know the power of God because they don't know God and how come that why not. They don't have his word. This just think they can inherit you know if you if your parents are Christian is a mere one if you're used child is a Christian doesn't mean you're one you going to be a Christian is going to be one on one cannot inherit the faith, not through flesh and blood, or anything short of the confession of faith. So he says you hold the tradition of men is meaningless as birding's burdensome as painful. It's imprisoning acts I didn't mention this earlier Paul setting it straight is now now therefore why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear sorry is not Paul and James just not letting these traditions. Joke on people so you look a bunch of people walking around in stocks, pin jokes this is that of the law.

Washing the cups and nothing wrong with washing cups.

In fact, I prefer to drink out of cup that's been washed. I routinely practice that and but though they may turn it into a shackle which is the essence of sin to corrupt the decent thing and many other such things you do ill mention that in verse 13 is upset with this bloated rulebook. The jamming down the throats of others. Christianity is not a matter of foot washings and head coverings and infant baptisms in such things is about trust and believe in Jesus Christ through his word is about the grace of God is about looking for solutions to problems because of sin, not looking to imprison people because of sin. Anyway, verse nine he said to them all to well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition he's slamming them. It is this isn't then nothing they can say back to him, but they you can see the smoke coming off of them. As he cinching them shot after Shayna leading up is this like he was waiting for this moment is not all of it, but he was ready for this moment three times in this section he hammers your tradition, your tradition it keeps in front of them.

So we catch it.

He says all too well your masters at this you reject the commandment of God, these are emphatic rebukes in the not to be missed by us.

The Greeks would come along while they already here moved the grease deified the emotions, the God of love and of the God of of of fear, the God of levity and they had a God for everything. In fact, even had one for the unknown things of thinking we made we forgot when we want to gotta get us so we put a statuette for him to that is not the think that someone did that to them. I can't remember your name.

But whoever you are, have a seat that's, like, not a wise thing to do with God.

So when the Thessalonians turned to Christ as he is sick of that junk. Paul writes of them.

He says about the reputation of these believers for they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had you and how you turn to God from idols to serve the living and true God. The Pharisees to help us they turn from the living God to serve their idols. What were they idols the traditions they created traditions like at the delay command creates an idol, they did and intellectually, not physically, idolatry does not have to have a figurine you can just have an idea when people worship created things.

They've lost communion with the creator you can worship other things that are man-made and these two course, Christ defying their tradition, he blasphemed their idols. We would never have worded it that way didn't have to what they created became the standard of holiness and that's why they are attacking him. This is what makes a man wholly not walking on water raising the dead preaching like you present. None of that. What makes a person was awash as Nizam of Wheaton Sandwich busy finding fault were fault was not to be found.

They made themselves opponents with God.

They were out of communion.

How can you walking communion can two walk together, and then not agreed to walk with God and your making of rules that even God would not wake up make up verse 10 for Moses that honor your father and your mother, and he who curses father or mother, let them be put to death the basic law, but the rabbis were satisfied with that is a federal law, they felt it demanded a contribution from them. Verse 11 but you say, if a man says to his father or mother whatever profit you might have received from me is Corbin that is a gift of God, we pause there, they would not say what what you know, go tell your parents whatever gifting would receive not going to get it now. They would just they came up with the word Corbin is devoted to God and so is somebody with Susan since he says sorry mom and dad.

I dedicated my stuff to God that God would never get benefit of this, the rabbis would get some of it and they would be free to keep the rest for themselves was was for God and electrons observing God. This was a corruption of Deuteronomy 33 God says you don't put anybody before me, a family and nobody goes before me, so they just corrected this way. Not very clever but effective. You don't have to be clever to be if to do evil to be effective in doing evil doesn't take a genius to take advantage of people to harm people you know is not up is not heroic to walk into a restaurant full of unarmed diners and shoot them down with a machine gun no heroism in that pure evil. Even Josephus talks of the Jewish historian talks about the score band and this practice that was going on. Christ thought all there is no creature hidden from his site, but all things are naked and opened it.

The eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Hebrews chapter 4 verse 13 Christ called it for what it was a criminal act.

Nobody else instead of these guys who you think you are using a what is on to you with this little racket you've got going on the additional parents. He did this Vera a severe crime and he does it without I don't know what Tony use, but he did is no nothing sensational about is called amount. Verse 13 making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you handed down many such things you do there it is again. You handed this data is a hand-me-down doctrine and just so proud of it. If you dare come to me and asked me why then you wash your hands, let me say that again I just want to know you still that dumb.

David said that if they would've that again. This is the beginning of the town mood and the mission that exists imprisoned.

The people still happening. Verse 14 and he called when he call had called all the multitude to himself. He said to them here me everyone and understand you gotta love that moment, he says I'm going to expose you from everybody because it looked fine you.

That way everybody coming a minute listened to me about this. This is an intense lesson. The look on his face. The tone in his voice to complete disregard for those who have no regard for God in God's name. These were beyond atheistic practices. This was militancy. There were militant against God's word the way they handled turned it into something he would never was. And I think it was Stephen discussed in his voice.

Not it certainly is in his words many such things you do verse 15 there is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him, but the things which come out of him. Those are the things that the father was these guys are angry at him.

There still listening to this, as he setting the record straight is saying I've told you these guys were, they may be fooling some of you then not fooling me to this day, the pompous somebody comes up and act like their you know a believer when they have no intention of believing what you do at that person. This does nothing you can do without their permission, that Christianity is by consent.

It's got to be the will and do you play games you just piling up the judgment.

The word of God is so thorough you can just pick any eye I could a passive income into the pulpit on a Sunday, pick any section of Scripture and just go through it and he will still be speaking to human beings.

He will still be attacking sin. He will still be attacking hell in the practices of the flesh, he will still be making strong the believers because we need that how fast does it take to get become weak as a believer just like that just so quickly. Leaky vessels like sibs, God pours into us and it flows out so he continues to pour into us if we would let him. Anybody have an objection with that verse 15 there is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him, but the things which come out of him. Those of the things that defile a man that's what messes him up not eating would hand with little yellow dirt on them is talking, of course, in regard to morality and obedience to God is saying to them, temptation is not a sin. Christ was tempted in the Bible makes it very clear that he was yet without sin, not the snow sin and the temptation temptation is in the disregard for God committing the act, and had especially when you have no intention of of of admitting that it's a sin I see why the impenitent don't want to come the church that they don't want to hear it. This saying about the food is sort of a coming attraction that is going to do away with the Old Testament system and the New Testament precepts they hammer. This will take one Hebrews 813 Paul speaking I believe Paul and that he says a new covenant, he has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

There a lot of Christians that they love the Old Testament and the sort of ignore the New Testament intestine is not as exciting to them if they think they don't get the benefit of these powerful lessons in the New Testament don't for one minute think that the Old Testament is better than the new. They are equally God's word and it just you just six sort of revealing your lack of understanding. If you think it to the Old Testament is to be emphasized in the new sort of just accepted well. Verse 16. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear this is a an exclusive expression of Christ in the Bible.

He is the one that says this seven times while on earth, and eight times after the ascension we come across it in. For example, the book of Revelation.

If you have ears to hear, listen up.

What should God say to us I gave you years but don't use them. Of course he wants us to hear what he is saying before anything else.

And if you hearing God speak of course it's going to be consistent with this revealed word and is going to involve love and solutions and moving forward and not belittling people for the sake of making yourself feel larger. Verse 17 when he had entered a house away from the crowd as disciples asked him concerning the parable, while the benefit to them.

They get inside big mistake not be EE, schools them and I like it. I don't like his response because I put my son Wilhelmina subject to it but I McKay can live so this is wonderful.

Hope he said to me, so was he going to say will look at verse 18 and he said to them, are you thus without understanding also that I want him to say all you guys and instead Rick got it. That's what I want in anybody's says otherwise is gone. Adobe I think. I mean no I were the builder so he says do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him so he sees putting a little pressure on them to learn to think parents do it.

My mom is good to me, so I enjoy doing it to Mike. You told but you do you do after you know, challenge them a little bit so they'll get comfortable which is coming up and asking without thinking so he says to them is a not obvious food never touches the spirit that's what he say verse 19 because it does not enter in his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods something that thus purifying all foods in verse 19 is Mark's comment to Jesus lesson.

I don't know. It doesn't matter doesn't take away from anything. I think it is the words are the words of Christ first 20 and he said what comes out of a man that defiles a man well until the bullet flies out the barrel. It's harmless once it starts flying his trouble. The Gnostics even some in Corinth would later attempt to make sin, abstract, and there are those today the try to make sin abstract was clearly not it's okay were covered. It's considers concrete and a damn soles of this very moment just what it did to gaining does anybody else who actually gain John's very clear in his letter that came was evil, but a man's heart directs his hands.

That's what the Scripture teaches first Corinthians 8 were almost done. Look at that newsline is in view. First, millions 88, but food does not commend us to God will neither if we eat are we better, nor if we do not eat are we worse and yet were very defensive about food. As you know eating bananas is not a sin, yet, but some of you like it and just to hear me choke about it can offend you, like you know a number of sick of this banana stop is why we like this widely food fight Mike if you just stop eating bananas and apples with anything so I bought Tony down inside I want a little longer banana people might be bananas so just using it as expression. Note anywhere exports the same way. It's okay to bash a sport you don't like don't mess with one my kids apply think developments would want to why you people and I don't do those things.

Let's finish verse 21. Well, where are we, verse 20 and four from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornication's murders are we just stop there for a moment at that verse.

So again he is saying what is inside can create havoc on the outside and the lives of others and all of us carry the activation codes with in us for all sin. Every single sin under the sun. The codes are in their some may be very down deeper than others. Some may be up on the surface whether there we are born in iniquity. We are born sinners were not sinners because we sin, we sin because were born sinners and we need a Savior. And this is true of every single human being. We need someone to rescue us from our condition and that person has to be sinless himself. In fact, he's got to be the maker and it is Jesus Christ by name and no other than that Christians will love it. We applauded verse 22 thefts covered in this wickedness, deceit, lewdness, and evil. I blasphemy, pride, foolishness will just take some of these no less than 13 items on this dreadful list and these are the things that Rick Holmes and start wars and ruin lives in spread disease and make others miserable for as long as they can. They have no shelflife on any of these all look at that is no more murders. They stop back in the 50s will be for every generation. No technology, no serum, no fastening facts. Nothing can stop sin, except death and anyway coming back to these very quickly. Lewdness, unrestrained, shameless behavior is a very broad meaning that goes with that a wide range it can compound another sin. For instance, someone can be a thief and they can also be a shameless thief you got a bigger problem with the shamelessly keep the lewdness again covers a wide range the evil eye hostile envy and not enough to just a boy I wish I had that slick. I wish I had that I hate you for having or some other form, blasphemy, contempt for lack of reverence for God. Some of you may remember well done on this very show that there they think it's God's acute to be irreverent about God quick. When Daniel five illustrates it. This is a bill says are the last king of the Babylonians because he died the night after Daniel laid out on the head tends to keep the gifts less the lavishness man would get for reading and writing on the wall down on the stump city right and you have a this is Daniel telling bells as I was going at what what is conditioners's blasphemy is that you have lifted yourself up against the Lord of heaven. They have brought the vessels of his house before you and you and your lords your wives and your concubines have drunk wine from them and you have praise the gods of silver and gold, bronze and iron wood and stone, which do not see or hear or know God who holds your breath in his hand and owns all your ways you have not glorified you know that's the guy who's knee smoke one against the other and he was dead that night. Verse 23. All these evil things come from within and defile a man so sin begins in the heart, not the stomach washing of hands. All of us struggle with various things, various time lesions.

Chapter 1 verse seven in him we have redemption is one given us of sins, according to the riches of his grace. He himself was given this grace is grace, not mine. Move thanks for tuning in to cross reference radio for this study in the book of Mark cross reference radio is the teaching ministry of Pastor Rick Gaston of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville in Virginia to learn more information about this ministry. Visit our website cross reference once you're there you'll find additional teachings from Pastor Rick. We encourage you to subscribe to our podcast.

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