Mark 7:2
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New Living Translation
They noticed that some of his disciples failed to follow the Jewish ritual of hand washing before eating.

King James Bible
And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.

Darby Bible Translation
and seeing some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is, unwashed, hands,

World English Bible
Now when they saw some of his disciples eating bread with defiled, that is, unwashed, hands, they found fault.

Young's Literal Translation
and having seen certain of his disciples with defiled hands -- that is, unwashed -- eating bread, they found fault;

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The Sighs of Christ
(Twelfth Sunday after Trinity.) Mark vii. 34, 35. And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened. And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain. Why did the Lord Jesus look up to heaven? And why, too, did he sigh? He looked up to heaven, we may believe, because he looked to God the Father; to God, of whom the glorious collect tells us, that he is more ready to hear than we to pray, and is wont to give more
Charles Kingsley—Town and Country Sermons

The Deaf and Dumb.
ST MARK VII. 32-37. And they bring unto Jesus one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech Him to put His hand upon him. And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers into his ears, and He spit, and touched his tongue; and looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened. And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain. . . . And they were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath
Charles Kingsley—Westminster Sermons

Tradition
The scribes and Pharisees, expecting to see Jesus at the Passover, had laid a trap for Him. But Jesus, knowing their purpose, had absented Himself from this gathering. "Then came together unto Him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes." As He did not go to them, they came to Him. For a time it had seemed that the people of Galilee would receive Jesus as the Messiah, and that the power of the hierarchy in that region would be broken. The mission of the twelve, indicating the extension of Christ's
Ellen Gould White—The Desire of Ages

Barriers Broken Down
After the encounter with the Pharisees, Jesus withdrew from Capernaum, and crossing Galilee, repaired to the hill country on the borders of Phoenicia. Looking westward, He could see, spread out upon the plain below, the ancient cities of Tyre and Sidon, with their heathen temples, their magnificent palaces and marts of trade, and the harbors filled with shipping. Beyond was the blue expanse of the Mediterranean, over which the messengers of the gospel were to bear its glad tidings to the centers
Ellen Gould White—The Desire of Ages

Cross References
Matthew 15:2
"Why do your disciples disobey our age-old tradition? For they ignore our tradition of ceremonial hand washing before they eat."

Mark 7:5
So the Pharisees and teachers of religious law asked him, "Why don't your disciples follow our age-old tradition? They eat without first performing the hand-washing ceremony."

Luke 11:38
His host was amazed to see that he sat down to eat without first performing the hand-washing ceremony required by Jewish custom.

Acts 10:14
"No, Lord," Peter declared. "I have never eaten anything that our Jewish laws have declared impure and unclean."

Acts 10:28
Peter told them, "You know it is against our laws for a Jewish man to enter a Gentile home like this or to associate with you. But God has shown me that I should no longer think of anyone as impure or unclean.

Acts 11:8
"'No, Lord,' I replied. 'I have never eaten anything that our Jewish laws have declared impure or unclean.'

Romans 14:14
I know and am convinced on the authority of the Lord Jesus that no food, in and of itself, is wrong to eat. But if someone believes it is wrong, then for that person it is wrong.

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