Mark 7

Mark 7:4

and when they come from the market place, they do not eat unless they cleanse themselves; and there are many other things which they have received in order to observe, such as the washing of cups and pitchers and copper pots.)

The washing of cups. The original word for washing (baptismos) is related to the word for baptism (baptisma) and means immersion. To be baptized means to be dipped or immersed. See entry for Baptism.

Mark 7:13

thus invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that.”

The word of God in this context is the law, specifically the fifth commandment (see Mark 7:10).

The word of God is the means by which God reveals himself and his will. In the old covenant, God communicated his will to Israel through the Ten Commandments and the law. However, the religious Jews twisted the law to suit their traditions. By doing this the nullified the word of God.

See entry for The Word of God.

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