Monday, March 1, 2010

New Testament in a Year - March 2

Mark 7:1 - 7:23- Easy-To-Read Version (ERV)

March 2

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God's Law and Rules that People Make

7 1Some Pharisees* and some teachers of the law came from Jerusalem. They gathered
around Jesus. 2The Pharisees and teachers of the law saw that some of Jesus' followers
ate food with hands that were not clean. ("Not clean" means that they did not wash
their hands [in the way the Pharisees said people must].) 3The Pharisees and all
the Jews never eat before washing their hands in this special way. They do this
to follow the teaching given to them by their great people that lived before them.
4And when the Jews buy something in the market, they never eat it until they wash
it in a special way. They also follow other rules from their people that lived before
them. They follow rules like the washing of cups, pitchers, and pots. 5The Pharisees*
and teachers of the law said to Jesus, "Your followers don't follow the rules given
to us by our great people that lived before us. Your followers eat their food with
hands that are not clean. Why do they do this?" 6Jesus answered, "You are all hypocrites.*
Isaiah was right when he spoke about you. Isaiah wrote, 'These people say they honor
me, but they don't really make me an important part of their lives. 7Their worship
of me is for nothing. The things they teach are only rules that people have made.'
(Isaiah 29:13)

8You have stopped following the commands of God. Now you follow the teachings of
men." 9Then Jesus said to them: "You think you are smart! You ignore the commands
of God so that you can follow your own teachings! 10Moses said, 'You must honor
(respect) your father and mother.'* Then Moses also said, 'Any person that says
bad things to his father or mother must be killed.'* 11But you teach that a person
can say to his father or mother, 'I have something I could use to help you. But
I will not use it to help you. I will give it to God.' 12You are telling that person
that he does not have to do anything for his father or mother. 13So you are teaching
that it is not important to do what God said. You think that it is more important
to follow those rules you teach people. And you do many things like that." 14Jesus
called the people to him again. He said, "Every person should listen to me and understand
what I am saying. 15There is nothing a person puts into his body that makes him
wrong. A person is made wrong by the things that come from him." 16* 17Then Jesus
left the people and went into the house. The followers asked Jesus about this story.
18Jesus said, "You still have trouble understanding? Surely you know that nothing
that enters a person from the outside can make him wrong. 19Food does not go into
a person's mind. Food goes into the stomach. Then that food goes out of the body."
(When Jesus said this, he meant that there is no food that is wrong for people to
eat.) 20And Jesus said, "The things that come from a person are the things that
make that person wrong. 21All these bad things begin inside a person, in the mind:
bad thoughts, sexual sins, stealing, murder, 22adultery,* selfishness, doing bad
things to people, lying, doing sinful things, jealousy, saying bad things about
people, proud boasting, and foolish living. 23All these evil things come from inside
a person. These things make a person wrong."

Footnotes: Pharisees The Pharisees were a Jewish religious group that claimed to
follow carefully all Jewish laws and customs. hypocrites Bad people that act like
they are good. 'You must honor ... mother' Quote from Ex. 20:12; Deut. 5:16. 'Any
person ... killed' Quote from Ex. 21:17. Verse 16 Some Greek copies add verse 16:
"You people that hear me, listen!" adultery Breaking a marriage promise by sexual

"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."


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