by Jerry Watts

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Series: Mark - God's Message for Today
Jerry Watts
Mark 7:1-23

Every day, you encounter different kinds and types of people. Short, tall, thin, fat, black, white, yellow, red, rich, and poor; even authentic and pretend. Jesus met the same type of people. He is on record (time and again) for seeing the multitudes, diverse as they were, and feeling compassion for them. He knew that most people were like 'sheep without a shepherd' and that always struck a note in His heart. He loves people, He came for people, and He died for people like this.

Very seldom do we see Jesus losing His patience because He deeply loved all people. He came to the sick and healed them, He reached out to the lepers and love them, and He wept over an entire town (Jerusalem) because of their lostness. He extended grace, mercy, and love to all it seems.

Yet, there is one group of people, both then and now, which Jesus seems to have little patience for and no toleration of. These people are the 'pretenders', the 'mimics', the 'counterfeit', and the 'fake.' Many people call them 'hypocrites.' These are people who say 'one thing' and 'do another. They are the ones whose 'walk don't match their talk' and whose 'public persona doesn't match their private lifestyle.' In today's terms, their Sunday life is different from their Monday through Friday life. This group seemed to evoke Jesus' ire worse than anything or anyone else. For Jesus, the Scribes, the Sadducees, and the Pharisees were the offenders. Keep in mind that to the culture of that day, these people were the most learned, the most religious, and the most holy. But Jesus saw through their façade (like He sees through us) and He is on record showing little patience.

To prove this point consider one of text (though many more exist), consider Matthew 23. The latter part of Chapter 22 tells of these religious types trying to cross Jesus up and impugn His character in fr ...

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