I spoke earlier in my writings about the number 13 and it’s meaning according to God’s Word. We are in the year 2013 and we (Believers, Christians, Messianics) are still struggling with personal and spiritual issues that make us unfit to stand before our God who is Righteous and Holy.
I came across these Scriptures in Mark 7 and hope they will clarify what makes us unclean and unrighteous before God:
14 Then Yeshua called the people to him again and said, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand this!
15 There is nothing outside a person which, by going into him, can make him unclean. Rather, it is the things that come out of a person which make a person unclean!” 16 [d]
17 When he had left the people and entered the house, his talmidim asked him about the parable.
18 He replied to them, “So you too are without understanding? Don’t you see that nothing going into a person from outside can make him unclean?
19 For it doesn’t go into his heart but into his stomach, and it passes out into the latrine.” (Thus he declared all foods ritually clean.)
20 “It is what comes out of a person,” he went on, “that makes him unclean.
21 For from within, out of a person’s heart, come forth wicked thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 greed, malice, deceit, indecency, envy, slander, arrogance, foolishness…. 23 All these wicked things come from within, and they make a person unclean.”
If you count those “things” Jesus spoke of in verses 21-22, they add up to 13 and more importantly, they make us unworthy to stand before God….If anyone has ears, let him hear!