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a sample from The Son of Man, Volume Two

 

This chapter was a fun one.

The setting is of a confrontation between Jesus and the Pharisees. The later group has attacked the Lord’s followers because they didn’t ceremonially wash their hands before eating. Jesus calls them out on their hypocrisy, noting that the Pharisees care too much about the outward appearance and not enough on the heart of a man.

The Bible text comes from Matthew 15 and Mark 7.

Here’s a sample, from the chapter entitled “JESUS TALKS ABOUT POOPING”

The Lord tosses out a simple little axiom: If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into the ditch. Just to make sure no one misses the point He flat-out says “the Pharisees are blind leaders of the blind.” When the disciples asked for more clarification, Jesus returned to His comments about what goes in vs. what goes out. “What goes into the mouth goes into the belly and is cast out into the 'draught' (the toilet, or whatever first-century equivalent of a toilet was in Jerusalem; the Lord is talking about pooping, watch out).

So what goes into the mouth eventually comes out in a very natural sort of way. On the other hand, what comes out of the mouth is different. That’s not natural; that’s learned. That’s not biology; that’s sociology.

What comes out of the mouth comes from the heart (proverbially-speaking). It’s those things which have the power to defile a man. That’s why the Lord talks about pooping. What’s grosser than poop? If you had to call something “defiled” wouldn’t it be a stinky old dookie?

The Lord says the true defilement comes from a heart that is sinful. From sinful hearts come truly defiling acts like murder, adultery, fornication, theft, lying, blasphemy, etc. Those are what truly defile a man. Eating with unwashed hands? That’s no big deal.

The second volume will be completed before the Fall. Lord willing, the three-volume set will be ready by either Christmas or New Years.