Mark 7:1 — 8:30 | The Religious, Evil Heart and the Unpredictable Messiah

Through training (teaching, miracles and prophecy), Jesus continues to develop his disciples while proving to them that He is indeed the Messiah, the Son of God. 

  • 7:1-23 — What defiles a person is what comes from the heart | Jesus exposes religious tradition (Corban) as an excuse to exercise a greedy heart. Religious traditions are bad, because they allow the exercise of an evil heart (pride, greed, stinginess, self-righteousness, compassionless) in the name of being pious.
  • 7:24-37 — Jesus casts out demons and heals the blind—miracles that show He is the Messiah, the Son of God (Mark 1:1).
  • 8:27-30 — Peter Confesses that Jesus is the Son of God after 2.5 yrs of following Him. Jesus immediately predicts his own death and resurrection, something the disciples do not understand (9:10), because they believe the Messiah should bring in the promised Kingdom (9:1).

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