Okay, all you Gentiles and Mormons, we all know he was saying that dirty cups and plates and food aren't going to pollute us, but foul language and evil speaking is going to pollute us.
End of parable.
We're so smart, us Gentiles and Mormons.
Aren't we? Hey, aren't we? Yeah, I'm talkin' to YOU.
Well.....since I'm reading the gospels back to back, this is the second time I've read this instruction.
And it got me thinking - he was speaking to Jews (and everyone else at the time). But the Jews have a dietary code a bit different from our Word of Wisdom, and to tell them that they aren't defiled for what they eat which could include violating Mosaic Law on the issues of food...? When there are entire chapters of Leviticus dedicated to what not to eat, what to eat and how? And here comes a man who is now telling them that what they eat isn't what defiles them? Oh, I know what the scriptures say about this parable and the peoples' response, but both you and I know that this was yet another consideration on this topic to them. I'm not saying it is why they killed him, I'm saying that it was consistent with his teaching that he will have mercy and not sacrifice, and clearly they had a problem with him and his teachings.
But, now, even today, we have many faithful Saints who do not understand the word of wisdom to whom we could also say the same thing, that it is not what goes into the mouth that defileth, but that which cometh out, "I will have mercy and not sacrifice saith the Lord."
|Make sure you bless it so it defileth not....|
But until that is determined, I will point out that what you put in your mouth can affect what comes out of your mouth, and I'm not talking about drinking Everclear and doing the technicolor yawn. But if what you consume causes you to act differently and thereby defiles you, then...I would say it is safe to say that there is definitely some wisdom behind this word given to the weak and weakest of Saints. Once again, we see a harmony of the scriptures with modern revelation with ancient testaments (even though they be called "new").
I don't want to, but I feel compelled to mention that the things that don't necessarily impact our behavior, like "hot drinks" were given in consequence of the designs of evil men that exist and shall exist in the last days, and that the Lord chose to warn us and forewarn us. 'Nuff said, that's all you need to know.
At any rate, I didn't mean to foray into the Word of Wisdom, I simply thought it was interesting how a parable / instruction given by Christ could be congruent with modern revelation some 2000 years later.