Mark Chapter 7

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Pharisees and scribes criticize disciples for eating bread with unwashed hands. Jesus quotes Isaiah, about people honoring God with their lips, but not with their hearts. He replies that the Pharisees and scribes uphold the tradition of men over the commandments of God. An example of an unhelpful tradition: a son saying he is unable to help his parents because his savings or possessions were Corban (i.e. a gift from God). A man is defiled by what comes out of him, not by what goes into him. Jesus heals the demon-possessed daughter of a Greek woman, who says that Gentiles, although they may be a lower priority than Jews, may, like little dogs under the table, eat the children’s crumbs. Healing of a deaf and dumb man – Jesus commands him to tell nobody.