BIBLICAL THERAPY AND MARK’S GOSPEL
Christ vividly illustrated the Biblical Therapy Model in the Gospel of Saint Mark, chapter seven, verses 14 through 23. By studying the Greek meaning of the words He chose, and the context of His message, we will see why this passage is such an appropriate example of Biblical Therapy.
The narrative begins with verses 14 and 15:
“And when He (Jesus) had called all the people unto him, He said unto them, Hearken unto Me every one of you, and understand. There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.”
HIS MEETING AND HIS AGENDA
Christ had something of extreme importance to teach on this occasion. The Greek word akuo (ak-oo-o) is translated hearken in English. The word carries the meaning of one giving an audience to someone or something very important. It possesses a quality of hearing that transcends simply listening. The gravity of His message is further obvious from the fact that Jesus himself called the meeting. It was not another of a long list of popular crowd responses to one of His miracles; this was His meeting with His agenda.
JESUS WANTED A CHANGE IN BELIEF
The word understand is suniemi (soon-ee-ay-mee) in the Greek, which conveys the idea of putting something together. It is the process, for example, of gathering data that relates to something that does not make sense, collating and processing that information into an explainable, understandable whole. Something was so important that Jesus called a special meeting to clarify a distorted understanding in the minds of the people. He wanted them to change their belief concerning a distorted view they had.
We can draw three distinct conclusions from verses 14-15:
Jesus called the people together, to sufficiently explain the issue until their thinking was
straightened out because their thinking was distorted.
QUESTIONS FROM THE PHARISEES
The context of the story reveals what triggered His sense of urgency. In verses 1 through 13, we see that the Pharisees and the Scribes had objected to Jesus’ disciples eating with unwashed hands. Their question to Christ was:
“Why walk not your disciples according to the traditions of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?”
JESUS ANSWERS THE PHARISEES
Jesus gave them a long explanation in verses six through 13. But I call your attention to verses nine and 13 in particular. In verse nine, Jesus said:
“Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own traditions.”
In other words, Jesus was saying to the Pharisees, “You do what you do because you believe what you believe.” They believed generational religious lies (traditions) that formed their entire belief system. For generations they had been taught a certain way and that is why they behaved the way they did. (Remember, a lie is as strong as the truth if you believe it.
DR KRIGE AND HOUSE REGENERATION
This adapted content was extracted from A Biblical Approach to Psychotherapy authored by Dr Ado Krige, the Founding Director of House Regeneration, a South African drug rehabilitation centre offering a comprehensive discipleship training program. By applying principles of Biblical Therapy, using the Scriptures to teach, rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness, House Regeneration counsellors show anyone who has suffered from addiction how to fully understand why they do what they do and how to bring their belief systems in line with the Word of God.