Thursday 19 Aug 2021
Out is More Important than In.
Pr Mark Tan

Mark 7:15, 21-23

¹⁵Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them….²¹ For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, ²² adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. ²³ All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”

Very much in people’s minds today is what we put in our bodies: the type of vaccine, the brand of health supplements, the medications we should consider taking. Even what food we eat and whether we eat to live or, now we live to eat.

In many other times, Jesus reminds us that while we should ask God for our daily bread, it is not something we should prioritize so greatly in our lives. For vaccines, please take one, anyone that is available to you and recommended by the attending physician. For medication, please consult a doctor. For food and supplements, everything is fine with moderation.

However, Jesus reminds us in this passage the most important matter is not what goes in, but what comes out. More importantly, what comes out of our hearts. What saddens me in the midst of the pandemic is not only the daily new cases and death rates due to Covid-19, but the silent, unreported suffering of others: divorce, domestic violence and suicide have increased dramatically this year compared to last year, and last year was already far worse than the year before. And while we talk about all the evil that is out there, we forget to address the evil that first begins in us.

You see, while we have been worrying about the physical matters, however important that may be, we forget that evil festers in our hearts all the time. This evil, which may seem like nothing at first, grows and manifests from within our hearts to without, through our actions.

Two challenges today:

  1. Search your heart, and if there is anything at all that is bothering you and causing you to grow evil in your heart, surrender it to the Lord and if need be, seek help through the church, family, and friends.
  2. Call someone, anyone that you haven’t been in touch with for a long time, whoever the Lord is leading you to, and ask them how they are doing. For all you know, you might be the help they so divinely needed, just that they weren’t vocalizing it.

Prayer:
Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

2021年8月19日,星期四

题目:“ 罪由心生”
作者: 陈燕靖传道
翻译: 黄姐妹
经文: *马可福音 7:15,21-23 *

【15】「从外面进去的不能污秽人,惟有从里面出来的乃能污秽人。』」
【21】「因为从里面,就是从人心里,发出恶念、苟合、」
【22】「偷盗、凶杀、奸淫、贪婪、邪恶、诡诈、淫荡、嫉妒、谤讟、骄傲、狂妄。」
【23】「这一切的恶都是从里面出来,且能污秽人。』」

今天人们在很大程度上考虑的是我们每天摄入体内的东西:疫苗的类型、保健品的品牌、我们应该考虑服用的药物。甚至我们吃什么食物,我们吃是为了活着,还是现在我们活着是为了吃。

在很多时候,耶稣提醒我们,虽然我们应该向上帝祈求我们每日所需,但这不是我们应该在生活中如此重视的事情。对于疫苗,请用一种,您可以使用主治医师推荐的任何一种。如需用药,请咨询医生。对于食物和补品,只要适度就好。
然而,耶稣在这段经文中提醒我们,
在神国里,污穢不是外面的,乃是裏面的;不是物質的,乃是心灵的。人內心的不洁,乃是一切邪惡和污穢的根源。

在大流感疫情中让我感到难过的不仅是 Covid-19 导致的每日新增病例和死亡率,而是还有未经报導的默默呻吟,无声的痛苦:与去年相比,今年离婚、家庭暴力和自杀急剧增加,去年已经比前一年糟糕多了。当我们谈论外面的所有污秽时,我们忘记对付首先从我们心中萌生的污秽。

你看,虽然我们一直在为身体健康的事操心,不管它有多么重要,我们却忘记了污秽一直在腐蚀着我们的心。这种,起初乍看似乎没什么,从我们的内心,由内到外,成长和体现出来。

今天有两个挑战:

  1. 省察你的心,如果有什么事情困扰着你,让你的内心变得污秽,把它交给主,如果需要,通过教会、家人和朋友寻求帮助。
  2. 主引领你,打电话给任何一个你很久没有联系的人,问他们过得怎么样。就你所知,你可能是他们非常及时的帮助,只是他们没有说出来而已。

祷告:
全能全知的主,赐下所有美好事物的造物主:在我们心中刻画出对你圣名的爱;加添我们信仰的见证,以良善滋养我们;并在我们里面结出圣灵的果子。
借着我们的主耶稣基督,他与你和圣灵同在并掌权,独一的真神,从今时直到永远。阿门