Mark 7:1-30

Jesus teaches about inner purity, revealing God’s perspectives. Jesus helps us understand God’s priority on the purity of our spiritual hearts. Jesus pointed to a wrong focus on customs and external behaviors. “These people honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is a farce, for they teach manmade ideas as commands from God.” Jesus quotes Isaiah’s revelation of God’s view of religion. This should be a wake-up call to us today. It’s always easier to talk about how we should act (as good spiritual people) than it is to focus on God’s view of what’s going on in our hearts. Let’s take time to think about that. Jesus then proved again that He is more powerful than any dark spirit. He brought freedom to a little girl who had been possessed by an evil spirit, responding to her mother’s faith.