I remember when Lyle was a baby I had him up in the air over my face making him laugh when all of a sudden a gush came out of his mouth and landed on my face and in my mouth. Regurgitated formula is worse by taste and smell the second time around. There were also times in the middle of the night where one of the boys came to my bedside to tell me they were sick and then up-chucked in my bed, on my hair, on my clothes and on the floor. There were times where they didn’t always make it to the bathroom or they missed the toilet completely. This was a chore to try to clean the floor and the wall or the side of the toilet and if you are a mother you will eventually have stories about gross vomit, the smell, and the chunks of food you must clean up.
Are you getting sick yet? The funny thing about these stories is that you don’t have to teach someone how to vomit. It is an automatic reflex of getting out what has made one sick. In medical terms it is the forceful expulsion of the contents of one’s stomach through the mouth and sometimes through the nose. It is an automatic reaction of what that is inside and is forced to come out. I can tell you by experience that eating popcorn along with tootsie rolls and then getting sick is not the greatest combination in which to throw up!
Now what does this have to do with Biblical principles you might ask? There are many people today that go around just vomiting on everyone, not in the physical sense but in the realm of attitudes, motives, and non-christian behavior. Can you say, negativity? Have you ever had a person who comes up to you and the first thing they want to do is puke all over you with gossip, negativity or downgrading someone? How about nagging, name calling or bashing someone’s character just because you didn’t agree with them? If we could just for one day see in the spiritual of the case of vomit covered people we might think twice about opening our mouth before expelling the disgusting puke in which no one wants to clean up or be covered by it. My point is, vomit is the result of being sick on the inside!
English Standard Version (©2001) Mark 7:12-23 After He called the crowd to Him again, He began saying to them, “Listen to Me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside the man who can defile him if it goes into him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man.[“If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”] When he had left the crowd and entered the house, His disciples questioned Him about the parable. And He said to them, “Are you so lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile him, because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated?” (Thus He declared all foods clean.) And He was saying, “That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornication, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness.“All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.”
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary
7:14-23 Our wicked thoughts and affections, words and actions, defile us, and these only. As a corrupt fountain sends forth corrupt streams, so does a corrupt heart send forth corrupt reasonings, corrupt appetites and passions, and all the wicked words and actions that come from them. A spiritual understanding of the law of God, and a sense of the evil of sin, will cause a man to seek for the grace of the Holy Spirit, to keep down the evil thoughts and affections that work within.
How do we cure it? Do we continue to vomit until what is on the inside comes out and then it makes us feel better or do we take medicine to counteract the process so that we don’t vomit and affect others? Do you know that the word of God teaches us to meditate on His Word day and night and hide it in our heart. The word, meditate comes from the root word, meaning the same thing as medicine. Therefore the Word of God will be medicine to our inner being if we search, read and learn it. Nevertheless it will prevent us from being negative on the inside therefore preventing us from puking on the outside.
Prayer: Lord, I know you are constantly working on us with your Spirit to teach us and guide us, please give us direction and keep our heart pure. Let our actions and our motives along with our attitudes be of your Spirit. Let us focus on your Word and hide it within our heart so that we may not sin nor vomit on others in this process called life. In Jesus Name. Amen.