A Word from Pastor Dave | Inside Out Living

Dear Brothers and Sister in Christ,

“Wash your hands!” It is a command that has been taught as long as Moms and Dads have been having kids. It is a simple means by which you can better manage your health. It is good advice. From all that I am hearing in the news regarding the threat of swine flu this winter, we will be hearing it more and more.  "Wash your hands!"

In Mark 7 the Pharisees notice that Jesus' buddies, the disciples, are eating without properly washing their hands. The text says "…they (the Pharisees) noticed that Jesus' disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them" (Mark 7:2). So if washing hands is important enough that most parents make it a primary teaching of every childhood, why would Jesus let his disciples get by without washing their hands ?

I really do not know why Jesus' disciples did not wash their hands. What I do know is that it was not a main thing for our Lord.

Jesus quoted to them the prophet Isaiah, "…people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me" (Mark 7:6). Jesus had nothing against hand washing, it was just not his focus. Jesus was after their spiritual core, the heart. Jesus desired that their hearts be rid of "...fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, and folly. All these things come from within and defile a person" (Mark 7:22:23). Jesus was more concerned with the cleanliness of people's hearts than with the cleanliness of their hands.

What is within you that spiritually needs to go? No hand washing can take it away. Only Jesus can take away that which is within you that is evil and needs to be cast away from you. Jesus knows what is within you and is well aware of the evil that lurks in all of us. Are you living from the inside out? When did you last lay up before the Lord the darkness that is within and ask for Jesus to enter there, offering forgiveness, hope and transformation? May you this day experience such grace in the path of Jesus.


See you on Sunday.

Still in one peace,

David J Jensen

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