Matthew 15:10 • Mark 7:15 "It's not that which goes into the mouth that defiles a man"
Mark 7:8 "You leave the commandment of Elohim and hold to the tradition of men"
Mark 7:9 "You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of Elohim in order to establish your tradition!"
Mark 7:13 "Thus making void the word of Elohim by your tradition that you have handed down, and many such things you do"
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There is yet another misconception over the Messiah's words at Matthew 15:10 and Mark 7:15. There is also a severely false translation being used at Mark 7:19 in some Bibles that bears false witness on the Messiah!
This misconception is brought up very often towards those who try to share the word of YHWH, and how our creator has told us to not eat the things that he has told us are unclean to us. For example, a disobedient person, seeking to get you off of their back and justify them breaking the commandment from YHWH to not eat pigs, may bring up these verses out of context.
There is a total misunderstanding of the Messiah's words and point, it looks like there is such a misunderstanding because people are not actually reading the text, but rather just looking in to see what they want to see.
Yahushua was speaking a parable to help us and increase our understanding, yet people are not taking it in that context at all, and are looking over what is really said here.
Matthew 15:15 "But Peter said to him, Explain the parable to us"
They're falsely claiming the entire point of this section is to tell us to not obey YHWH's Law, and to scoff at those who would try to get you to avoid unclean things! That is such a wicked teaching, and obviously nothing that Yahushua the righteous would have been teaching!
The truth is, he was talking about eating with unwashed hands, and rebuking those who break the Law and make up commandments to burden people with, and that defilement comes from within, from the heart. The text does not hide these points at all, you simply have to care enough to read it desiring to know the truth.
The very things coming out of the mouths of the false teachers concerning these passages, are evil and defiling, and shows the state of their heart.
It had nothing to do with whether you should or should not eat unclean creatures, and the passage even reminds the importance of obeying the Law!
As I've said, this teaching from the Messiah is mentioned both in Matthew 15, and Mark 7. It's of course best to examine all available scriptures for the clearest understanding, and to get the true context.
Here are the verses people are clipping out and focusing on;
Matthew 15:10 "And he called the multitude and said to them, Hear, and understand, It is not that which goes into the mouth that defiles a man, but that which comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man"
Mark 7:15 "There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him"
Men will twist the meaning of his words to claim that the Messiah told us we don't have to keep the clean and unclean commandments anymore, where YHWH commanded us to make a difference between the things that may be eaten and that which may not be eaten, and to even treat unclean flesh as an abomination to us.
The Messiah said nothing like they're claiming! People are adding in all of that when it's not really there.
Let's start off with a few points that should be obvious. If he said to ignore the commandments, then that would mean he is not the Messiah of YHWH.
Isaiah 42:21 "YHWH is well pleased for his righteousness' sake, he will exalt the Law and make it honorable"
A major giveaway that men are taking his words out of context and forcing their doctrine onto them is that he couldn't have possibly said, or done such, because he would have been sinning.
If he ate unclean flesh, and if he told others to break that commandment, then that would be sin on him, yet we should all know that he never sinned once, which made him the perfect lamb without blemish!
He would also be contradicting many of his own words, such as when he said whoever breaks the least of the commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of the heavens!;
Matthew 5:19 "Whosoever therefore shall break one of the least of these commandments and shall teach others to do the same, shall be called the least in the kingdom of the heavens"
He'd also be contradicting his own words where he plainly told us the Law still stands and even a single dot is not removed!;
Matthew 5:17 "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the prophets"
Matthew 5:18 "For truly I say unto you, until the heavens and the earth perish, a single letter or a single dot will in no way perish from the Law"
Matthew 7:23 "And then will I say to them, I never knew you, depart from me you that work Lawlessness"
Matthew 19:16 "And behold, one came and said to Yahushua, good lord what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life? And he said to him, why call me good? There is none good but one, that is Elohim, but if you will enter into eternal life, keep the commandments"
Matthew 7:21 "Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter into the kingdom of the heavens, but those that does the will of my Father that is in the heavens
He has plainly taught that blessed are those who hear the word of YHWH and keep it, and he has plainly taught that those who ignore it are cursed.
Luke 11:28 "But he said, yea rather, blessed are those who hear the word of Elohim and keep it!"
YHWH and the scriptures even give us prophecies of future events that have not yet taken place, that show us clean and unclean is still relevant even after the Messiah returns. The scriptures fully reveal that modern Christianity is an unbiblical entity in error.
Take a moment to consider these words from the creator of our existence;
Isaiah 65:2 "I spread out my hands all the day to a rebellious people who walk in a way that is not good, following their own imaginations, a people who provoke me to my face continually sacrificing in gardens and making offerings on bricks, who sit in tombs and spend the night in secret places, who eat pig’s flesh and have broth of unclean meat in their containers, who say 'Keep to yourself, do not come near me, for I am more Holy than you'. These people are a smoke in my nostrils, a fire that burns all the day. Behold, it is written before me, I will not keep silent, but I will repay, I will indeed repay into their bosom"
Now, it's obvious Yahushua could not have said what the false teachers are claiming he said. Still yet, let us examine the passages and dispel the lies even further. So, as Yahushua the Messiah said, Hear, and understand.
The Pharisees, who were a worldly denomination like modern Christianity, were keeping commandments of men, and ignoring the Law of YHWH, even ignoring the Law for their commandments of men. The text in these passages actually even let us know this.
Mark 7:3 "(For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands, holding to the tradition of the elders, and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash, and there are many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches)"
These men blindly honoring traditions and keeping commandments of men, came to Messiah and said to him;
Matthew 15:2 "Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they wash not their hands when they eat bread"
So now if we read more than just the single verse, we see Messiah's words were aimed at people judging and rebuking them for eating without washing their hands 1st. These blind men were attacking them for not keeping their man-made commandment of ritual hand washing.
Washing your hands before you eat is not a commandment from the Law of YHWH.
The Pharisees misled people, and added their own laws onto YHWH's Law, something we were commanded to not do, and was sin. We are also not to judge and rebuke by our own standards or man-made standards and laws, because YHWH is the only Law giver, so we must only judge and rebuke by his standards and rules, that is righteous judgment. It is wicked judgment to create your own standards and laws and judge others by them.
After being rebuked for not keeping their man-made commandment of ritual hand washing, Messiah then replies to them with;
Matthew 15:3 "But he answered and said to them, Why do you also transgress the commandment of Elohim by your tradition?"
So he says to them why are they breaking the Law of YHWH with their man made traditions, so now you can see the context is fitting to what I have said above. His words here also show a concern for keeping the Law of YHWH, and his rebuke is perfect for such an attack on him. So far in context, it's obvious it wouldn't make sense if he turned around and taught to not keep the Law, and it's obvious his point here is not to teach others to eat pork now. Here is the next verse now after 15:3;
Matthew 15:4 "For Elohim commanded saying, Honor your father and mother, and, He that curses father or mother, let him die the death. But you say, Whoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatever you might be profited by me, And honor not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have you made the commandment of Elohim of none effect by your tradition. You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, 'This people draws near to me with their mouth and honors me with their lips but their heart is far from me, but in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men"
Messiah once again is talking about the Law and what is written, this implies importance of keeping these commandments, and he is also rebuking these men for making the commandments of Elohim worthless and of none effect.
The false teachers that are twisting his words fit in with what he is rebuking as well, and yet they can't see this, only what they want to see.
They are also drawing near to Elohim with their mouth and honoring him with their lips but their hearts are far from him. Their actions speak louder than their words, they surely teach the commandments of men.
Now moving on, after he quoted Isaiah, he gets to this;
Matthew 15:10 "Listen and understand, what goes into someone's mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them"
This is the verse people focus on, and misuse out of context to promote the breaking of commandments.
This statement does not say break the Law, neither does it say it's okay to break the Law. It is teaching us whatever may go into our mouth isn't really what defiles us, but what is in our heart is what is going to defile us. In reality, in context, an evil disobedient heart will defile you! Which includes disregarding YHWH's clean and unclean laws. From the heart can also come lusts of the tongue for forbidden meat.
After Messiah speaks, Peter points out that what he said was a parable. A parable is not a literal thing, but a saying that indirectly teaches a lesson or wisdom, Messiah spoke many parables.
Matthew 15:15 "But Peter said to him, Explain the parable to us”
The next verse after that;
Matthew 15:16 "And he said, Are you also still without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander, these are what defile a person, But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a person”
Here Messiah explains he is talking about people doing evil, things which transgress the Law of YHWH. Messiah even clearly says at the end that he is talking about unwashed hands!
He says that eating with unwashed hands does not defile a person, this was a teaching for those Pharisees who still even today obey this commandment of men, to wash the hands as if it's a commandment of Elohim. (The Pharisees is now known as Rabbinical Judaism)
It is wicked for the Pharisees to claim a person is defiled from not obeying them.
Beware the teachers in the world that are not reading the text in full, they are leading thousands of innocent people astray like it is not much of a big deal.
Numbers 15:30 "But anyone who sins defiantly, whether native-born or foreigner, blasphemes YHWH and that person must be cut off from his people. Because he has despised the word of YHWH and broken his commands, that person must surely be cut off, his guilt remains on him"
Unwashed hands and unclean meat are two totally different things.
The Pharisees obeyed the man made commandment of ritual hand washing where they would wash the hands in a very specific way, while also reciting something. What they recited was also evil. They were telling people that YHWH commanded to do ritual hand washing, when he did not.
Modern Christians who are not familiar with the scriptures, who do not know the Law of YHWH, are also developing another misunderstanding from this section. Some mistakenly think that it really is a commandment to wash the hands. They may be taught this by their teachers even.
Not only do they think this, but they're thinking the Messiah boldly disobeyed it, and taught others to stop obeying it and the Law of YHWH, which is all confusion, and they're totally blind to the actual context of the verses and what is even taking place when they're thinking this way.
There is no commandment to wash your hands, and if there was a commandment to wash the hand then he would have been sinning if he boldly disobeyed YHWH and told others to stop listening to him, but this is not the case!
He was perfectly righteous and obeyed YHWH. No such thing like they claim is really in the Bible. You can in confidence know that the Messiah did not break the Law of his Father. Him keeping his Father's Truth put him against the ways of men that was not pure Truth, and they hated him because of his purity and wisdom. They wanted him gone.
Modern denominations are no different, bring to them the truth, and they want to argue against it and stomp it out.
VeggieTales here is basically teaching you will be cursed if you don't wash your hands before you eat, if you don't obey the Pharisees, as if it was from YHWH.
Be on guard and remember to not blindly trust the world to teach your children. Such a misconception can totally distort how one understands the Messiah, and this is nothing to take lightly!
YHWH has commanded us to diligently teach our children his word, let us do this so that they themselves are able to point out these errors when they come across them.
Additionally, helping cause people to take these words of the Messiah far out of context, some translators have falsely inserted text at Mark 7:19 to say that the Messiah declared all meat clean and edible now! They're bearing false witness on him!
This mistranslation is covered on page 13 "Mistranslations". Here is a link to the page;