FAITH-FILLED WORDS ISSUE FORTH FROM THE HEART
(1 Sam 25:29) Yet a man is risen to pursue thee [Abigail speaking to David], and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with the LORD thy God; and the souls of thine enemies, them shall he sling out, as out of the middle of a sling.
THE TRADITIONS OF MEN
(Mat 15:1-6) Then came to Jesus scribes [Heb: writers or secretaries] and Pharisees [Heb: a separatist, i.e. exclusively religious], which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift [“Corban” Mark 7:11], by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free [of any responsibility to or for them]. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
1. (Exo 20:12) Honour [Heb: glorify] thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
2. (Mark 7:11-13) But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free. And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother; Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
WHAT DEFILES A MAN (NEGATIVE)
(Mat 15:7-11) Ye hypocrites [Gk: an actor under an assumed character (stage-player), i.e. (fig.) a dissembler], well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain [Gk: But to no purpose] they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand: Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth [Gk: make profane: pollute, unclean] a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
(Mat 15:12-14) Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up [Gk: to be plucked up by the root]. Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
1. (Mat 13:28-30) He said unto them, An enemy hath done this [i.e., planted tares among the wheat]. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest [i.e., until the second coming of Jesus Christ]: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers [“the angels” Mat 13:39], Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
(Mat 15:15-20 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable. And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught [the dung hill]? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
1. (Rom 10:9,10) That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart [Gk: the thoughts or feelings (mind)] that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved [born again, imputed for righteousness]. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation [born again, imputed for righteousness].
WORDS OF FAITH ISSUE FROM THE HEART OF A CAANANITE WOMAN: (POSITIVE)
(Mat 15:21-28) Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon [on the Mediterranean seacoast]. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts [i.e., a Gentile], and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us [perseverance]. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet [fitting] to take the children's bread, and cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
1. (Rom 10:17) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
2. (Luke 18:1-6) And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust [Gk: unrighteous] judge saith.