Hear and Understand
[Matthew 15:10-20] “When He had called the multitude to Himself. He said to them, “Hear and understand: Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.” Then His disciples came and said to Him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?” But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. “Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.”
Then Peter answered and said to Him, “Explain this parable to us.” So Jesus said, “Are you also still without understanding?” “Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornication’s, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defiles a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”
The thoughts and intents of sin comes from the heart or spirit of man. As Jesus explained to His disciples, what we eat, drink, smoke, etc., after it has been ingested into the body will pass back out of the body, but the thoughts and intents of sin come from the heart or spirit of man and is introduced into the world through our mouth. Jesus then tells us what those sins are that come from the heart of man; evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornication’s, thefts, false witness, (lying) and all blasphemies proceed or come from the heart or spirit of man. If a person thinks evil thoughts, he speaks evil thoughts; a murderer doesn’t commit murder unless he has first given thought to committing a murder in his heart/spirit; a person doesn’t commit adultery unless he has first thought about committing adultery in his heart/spirit etc. This is why sinners have a hard time understanding why God has to punish them for their sins. They think they are born the way they act. That is not true. They do not realize their sin comes forth from their spirit person and defiles them; and that defiled spirit is an abomination to God. God didn’t create Adam a defiled person. Adam became a defiled person when he chose to become a partaker of a sinful action. Men still become defiled the same way. A person is not born defiled, he has to choose to become defiled before he is defiled. That is what Jesus is alluding to when He gave His disciples the list of things proceeding out of the mouth of man. These things are not physical actions until after they have been incubated in the spirit and mind of man. But, truthfully, one sin is not greater than another and one sinner is no worse than another. A sin is a sin, and that sin whether it is one or many separates us from our Creator. A person that is not forgiven of their sins by their Creator is lost, without hope, and will be cast into hell’s fire. God speaks to the heart of every man and pleads with him to seek His forgiveness through the finished work of Jesus Christ, His Son; some do but most don’t. And those that don’t seek His forgiveness will perish. Not because God wants them to perish, but because they refuse to ask forgiveness for their sins.
Every person born on this earth is born into it a sinner because Adam sinned and his sin has tainted the blood of every man born after him. We did not elect to be sinners at birth; we were born a sinner without the knowledge of our Creator, and because we don’t know our heavenly Father personally, we inadvertently break His Laws. In the kingdom of God, a sinner is the same as an earthly criminal who is worthy of receiving a death sentence for the crimes he commits. We have all broken God’s Laws and the penalty for breaking God’s Law is eternal death. But God has made a way for the sinner to be forgiven and pardoned. I like using the word criminal because we know what makes a criminal a criminal and we know in our society when a person breaks the law he has committed a crime, but we don’t always understand how God views sin. Since we live in God’s realm, every sin man commits is against God, and that sin is a crime even though we may have sinned against another person. That person is the property of God and when we harm a person spiritually, emotionally, or physically; we are guilty of committing criminal damage to God’s property. God is not only the property owner of all He has created; He is also the judge who imposes the penalty upon the lawbreaker. Now we may understand why He has told us in His Word how we are to treat His property, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” When we loan a thing to another person and they break it, damage it, or destroy it; do we not expect them to pay restitution for the damaged item. We do, and so does God. If it upsets us that another person does not have the same love for our property as we do, how much more do you think it upsets God when we destroy or damage the life of another person? So in a nutshell, God is telling us, “If we don’t want to do the time, don’t commit the crime.” Because as surely as we break His law, the penalty for breaking His Law will be carried out to the fullest extent if we have not been pardoned for that crime. He also warns us not to take matters into our own hands regardless of how serious the sin against us may have been. [Romans 12:19] “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath: for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him, if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” When forgiveness is sought, we are to forgive. No if, and’s, or but’s, about it. We are to forgive, plain and simple, and then we are to forget the incident ever happened. The bible is clear on the subject of vengeance; if we can’t forgive others, neither will we be forgiven.
If we never ask God to forgive us or pardon us for our sins or crimes against God, we are unforgiven sinners, and the lawbreaker who has never been pardoned for his crimes will suffer eternal punishment for those unpardoned crimes. We live in God’s realm and His Laws applies throughout His kingdom and that makes all of us subject to Him and His laws. Though He is present in our realm, His home is not in this sin infested place. He lives in a sin free place He calls heaven, but because He does not live here, does not mean He doesn’t exercise His rights of Law over all of creation and demands that everything in His creation conform to His standard. Since we live in His creation, all of us, saint and sinner alike, are subject to Him. He has only one standard to which everything in His kingdom must conform. That which conforms, lives; that which does not conform will be destroyed. We can understad that concept, can’t we? A person who does not obey the laws of our land is punished; those who choose to obey the law remain free to go where they please. That which conforms will reside in His kingdom for all of eternity. That which did not have a choice in the matter, God will remove the sin from it, and make it brand new. For example, the earth was tainted by sin through the actions of man, but at the end of days, God will cleanse the heavens and the earth of sin by fire, and in the purifying process, a new heavens and a new earth will be formed and made fit to be the habitation of God’s children who have sought His forgiveness and have conformed to His standard which governs life in His Kingdom.
- This is My Beloved Son (dthrasher.wordpress.com)