Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.” When he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about the parable. He said to them, “Then do you also fail to understand? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile, since it enters, not the heart but the stomach, and goes out into the sewer?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) And he said, “It is what comes out of a person that defiles. For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” (Mark 7:14-23, NRSV)
The picture intrigued me.
Mostly because the food the three a the bottom are eating looks like bacon, and I love bacon…
But this is an interesting verse. First the lesson is Mark 7:14-23. Yet does your Bible have a vers 16? It is a scriptural gloss from chapter 4 possibly and so is not present now in our translations.
But even more interesting to me is the (Thus he declared all foods clean.) Did He really?
He, being Jesus, said that what you eat goes through your body and then goes out as waste. He didn’t say all food was clean. Because it is not food that makes one unclean anyhow.
All forms of evil resides inside of each and every one of us. We have the capacity to be evil, and look out only for ourselves.
But that is where love comes in. We need not worry about what goes in us, but what comes out of us. That should be love.
What makes you unclean is already in you. If you can only follow after the examples of Jesus and follow where He is leading, then what makes you clean will be in you aswell, and that is then what will come out.