I Was Born This Way

umc holiness

In Mark 7 Jesus confronts the religious scholars of his day over an issue of changing God’s commands due to a technical loophole.   Rather than caring for one’s parents, as God commands, a tradition had developed where sons would give what money they would have used to care for their parents to the Temple.  This was called corban, and since it was given to God, it released the son from his God-given responsibility.

Jesus quotes the Law as evidence against them, using Exodus 21:17, Leviticus 20:9 and Deuteronomy 27:16.   He judges them as having made “void the word of God” through their traditions.

Jesus thought things like Leviticus 20:9 were the words of God.

In the same way Leviticus (and Deuteronomy) go on to name certain practices which make a person unclean, Jesus does the same thing in Mark 7.    After making it clear that God’s…

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