Matthew 15 v 11
By Baldmichael Theresoluteprotector’sson
30th March, 2022
‘But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these things defile a man.’ Matthew 15 v 18.
I want to look at these verses and the associated text which you can read yourselves elsewhere.
Let’s get straight down to brass tacks as they say.
There are two aspects to this.
The body is defiled or poisoned by what comes out of it, rather than what goes into it. This may seem strange at first sight but is quite straightforward.
The waste we produce, primarily urea in urine and bile etc in faeces is toxic to us. It must be excreted or we get poisoned/constipated. As I might say, it bungs up the works!
The soil can make good use of our waste but not our bodies.
As an aside, we should not waste our dung as it is great fertiliser, and does nothing but pollute water courses if we dump it there as people still do.
Anyway, this does not imply we should poison ourselves with toxic chemicals, whether deliberately or via food and drink chemically treated and spoiled by big pharmaceutical industries products such as sodium nitrite and artificial sweeteners, for example.
Nor should we swallow or inject narcotics in the form of heroin etc or those the doctors supply us with from big pharma.
But even these poisons can be counteracted by antidotes, so strictly it is our bodies’ reactions to these toxins that defiles or injures us.
The body’s reaction is necessary of course, it is part of life, but this is why it is true that strictly it is what comes out of us that defiles us physically.
The soul is defiled or poisoned by what comes out of it in similar fashion. It is the words we say that defile or poison us, our souls, our hearts, if we retain them in our spirits rather than disposing of them in the equivalent of the spiritual toilet.
Believe it or not, as a ‘john’ in the States is slang for a toilet and John means ‘God is gracious’; it is God Himself who takes our crap, our shit if you will.
This is what Jesus did on the cross, strictly the ‘T’ for tree, and we must take all this rubbish we produce to Him for disposal.
It is written
‘But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.’
This might be better translated
‘But He was polluted for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.’
All of this does not mean we feed our souls rubbish for as Paul the apostle says ‘Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think on these things.’
So you see, that is the meaning behind Jesus’s words. If you are overly refined you may not appreciate this humour, but our bodies have arse holes and these are to dispose of our physical waste.
Our spirits have ‘our soles’ via which we must dispose of our spiritual waste!
And Jesus has taken it all!!!
That’s it really. What else can one say?
‘Thank you Jesus, ever so much, I am eternally grateful’ would be a good start.
The heavenly Father will be glad about that and then you can go and tell others, can’t you?
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