New Defender's Study Bible Notes
7:3 wash. The word “wash” is baptizo, normally translated (or really just transliterated) as “baptize.” Whatever is “washed,” or “baptized,” is obviously washed all over, whether the object is a hand, a cup (Mark 7:4) or a person.
7:6 Esaias prophesied. This passage is quoted from Isaiah 29:13.
7:7 doctrines. Those professing believers who reject or distort the Scriptures in order to accommodate some humanistic doctrine (e.g., evolution, uniformitarianism, abortionism) need to study this strong warning from Christ. In context, He was talking about the extra-Biblical humanistic legalism of the Pharisees, but the principle seems applicable to any displacement of Scripture by some human precept.
7:11 Corban. The tradition of “Corban”—that is, “something dedicated to God”—permitted a son to be released from any obligation to care for his parents, thus breaking the fifth commandment. He would claim his possessions belonged to God and were therefore unavailable for other purposes.
7:13 of none effect. This tendency to distort or negate or augment Scripture with one’s own interpretations (or those of others) was not unique to the ancient scribes and Pharisees. God repeatedly warns against tampering with His inspired and now-completed Scriptures (Matthew 5:18; John 10:35; II Peter 3:16; etc.). The last chapter of the Bible strongly warns against adding or taking away any of the words of the Bible (Revelation 22:18-19).
7:15 nothing from without a man. The Lord here is obviously speaking of “ritual” defilement. Ingesting poisoned food, for example, may certainly “defile” a person in a physical sense, but much more serious is the spiritual defilement in his heart.
7:19 draught. See note on Matthew 15:17.
7:27 unto the dogs. The “dogs” under the table (Mark 7:28) were understood to be small household pets. On the reasons for the seeming harshness of Jesus’ reply to this Gentile woman, see note on Matthew 15:24.
7:31 coasts. The Greek word refers to boundaries in general, not merely sea coasts.
7:37 all things well. Jesus, indeed, “hath done all things well.” One strong evidence of His deity is this very fact. No matter how carefully one studies His words and His deeds, no real flaw can be found in any of them—no deficiency, nothing to retract, nothing to change at all. Everything He did or said was exactly right for each occasion.