April 10, Reading 3 – Mark 7:1-23

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SAA Notes

Spiritual uncleanness is not visible to the human eye. Can you find any clues here in Jesus’ words to help you understand the chasm that sin places in your life between you and your God? What should you do about it? Read on!

SJA Notes

In Jeremiah we read, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”

Jesus here points to this reality – That it is the heart that determines the state of a person.

In Ezekiel we then read with overlapping weight as God says, “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”

David knew of this reality when he cries out in Psalm 51, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”

When we follow Jesus, our hearts are not far but near to Him (because of Him).

When we do what He tells us (because we love Him), our hearts are bearing the fruit of God, His Spirit at work in us.

When we proclaim Jesus, we bring His good news to those hard hearts around us. Pray that they may be broken, stone gone away!

* Father God,

Thank You that in Jesus we have a new heart, a new spirit.

Please continue to work within us, each day reviving and readjusting our hearts.

Amen.

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