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37 And as He spoke, a certain Pharisee asked Him to dine with him. So He went in and sat down to eat. 38 When the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that He had not first washed before dinner.
When Jesus, the Messiah entered an unclean man's house (the Pharisee) and sat down to eat, they were astonished he didn't follow their tradition of hand-washing. They had followed the handed down tradition that Moses taught that their heads were still stuck on the old. They also viewed Jesus as unclean. Jesus knew this and let them have it. "Shame on you Pharisees and teachers of the law because while you are so concern about having clean hands, you forget about the condition of your heart." I think Jesus accepted the invitation to dine with them because he wanted to teach them something. Jesus cared more about the heart than following tradition. He didn't say we shouldn't follow them but we need both inside and outside clean. To kinds of cleansing is mentioned here: physical (hand-washing) and spiritual( inside)
They have neglected to take care of what was in their heart. They needed a spiritual cleasning.
Are you clean? Everyone takes baths and or showers. They even wash their hands before eating, but if you don't spend time reading the Bible and let the water of the Bible cleanse you, then you are not completely clean. Paul wrote this: 7 Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.(1 Cor 7:1)
God's word is spiritual water for our cleansing. In John 13, Jesus told his disciple that they are already clean because they have him, the living word. He taught them many things while he was alive. He teaches us what they have already learn, but we can't just be hearers of the word, but doers. We must become like the man who built the house on And let's a rock. When we do, we are blessed and we become clean. What makes us filthy is not just dirt and soil, but wickedness and sin. Let's face it, we all have sinned become short the glory of God.
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