Text: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder,adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
The laundry list of evil intentions that come from within the heart bring to mind the Shema in Deuteronomy 6:4-9. Jesus considered this prayer most important commandment of all and while not a creed, it is the closest to one that the Jewish people have.
Take a few moments to look at the Shema in your Bible and also in Mark 12:29-30. Now wonder about the word “all.” What might it mean to love God with “all” your heart? What role might evil intentions in the heart play in that equation?
– Caren Goldman