Anyway, Jesus snaps right back at them pointing out how they themselves have broken a commandment by not honoring their father and mother.
Then, Jesus does something completely BOLD! He calls a group of people around himself and says, basically, “Let me tell ya’ll something. It ISN’T what goes into your mouth that defiles you, it is what COMES OUT that defiles you”. (I’m taking liberties with Jesus’ words -but the basic idea is there).
Later, the disciples say, “Hey Jesus, guess what? The pharisees didn’t like that you said at that public thing there”. To which Jesus replied, “Psshhh. Don’t mind them. Every plant that my Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. They are blind guides and with the blind leading the blind, both will fall in the ditch soon enough”.
WHAT DID THAT MEAN?
Peter then asks Jesus to explain what he meant when he was preaching in the street. Jesus replies, “Don’t ya’ll get it? Whatever you put in your mouth goes right on through BUT what comes out of your mouth is an indication of your heart” He goes on to point out all of the hateful stuff that can come out of your mouth that gives everyone a good look at the contents of your hateful heart.
Having a heart FULL of hatefulness is what makes you rotten, not what you put in your mouth.
Amen Jesus, Amen.
We see that all the time today, don’t we? Jesus gave us a new commandment to love one another as He loved us. I hope we can all delve deep to find that love so that love will be reflected in what we say to one another and how we behave.