The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleMatthew 15:11
Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth the man…
No sorts of meats, or drinks, or whatever is proper food for men, or
manner of eating and drinking them, when moderately used, defile a
man, or render him loathsome and odious in the sight God. This is
directly opposite to the notions of the Jews, who say F4, that
``forbidden meats are unclean themselves, (vpnhw Pwgh)
(Nyamjmw) , "and defile both body and soul".''
The first food of man was herbs; after the flood he had an allowance
of the flesh of beasts, without distinction; under the Levitical
dispensation, a difference of meats was enjoined to be observed; the
laws respecting that distinction are now abolished, and not binding
on us under the Gospel dispensation. Some scruples, about some of
these things, did arise among the first Christians; but in process of
time these difficulties were got over: nor is there any religion in
abstinence from any sort of food; men, indeed, on a "physical"
account, ought to be careful what they eat and drink, but not on a
religious one; moderation in all ought to be used; and whatever is
ate or drank, should be received with thankfulness, and done to the
glory of God, and then no defilement can arise from hence:
but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
sin, and that only, which takes its rise from the heart, lies in
thought, and is either expressed by the mouth, or performed by some
outward action, which defiles the man, and renders him loathsome,
abominable, and odious in the sight of God. The heart is the source
of all evil; the pollution of it is very early, and very general,
reaching to all the powers and faculties of the soul; which shows
the ignorance of some, and folly of others, that talk of, and trust
to the goodness of their hearts; and also the necessity of new
hearts and right spirits being formed and created; and that the
sinful thoughts of the heart, and the lusts thereof, are defiling to
men; and that they are sinful in God's account, and abominable in
his sight; that they are loathsome to sensible sinners, and are to
be repented of, and forsaken by them; and need the pardoning grace
of God or otherwise will be brought into judgment. Sinful words,
which, through the abundance of wickedness in the heart, come out of
the mouth, have the same influence and effect: words are of a
defiling nature; with these men pollute both themselves and others:
the tongue, though a little member, defiles the whole body; and evil
and corrupt communication proceeding out of the mouth, corrupts the
best of manners, and renders men loathsome to God, and liable to his
awful judgment. And this is the nature of all sinful actions; they
are what God can take no pleasure in; they are disagreeable, to a
sensible mind; they leave a stain, which can never be removed by any
thing the creature can do; nothing short of the blood of Christ can
cleanse from it; and inasmuch as they are frequently committed,
there is need of continual application to it. These are now the
things men should be concerned about, as of a defiling nature; and
not about meats and drinks, and the manner of using them, whether
with hands washed, or unwashed.
F4 Tzeror Hammor, fol. 142. 1.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Matthew 15:11". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=mt&chapter=015&verse=011>. 1999.