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Mark 7

August 11, 2007

Here’s how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people’s insights.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

18 thoughts on “Mark 7”

  1. From v.24 to the end of the chapter Jesus spends time in non-Jewish territory which is interesting for several reasons.

    1. He seems to want some time-out from the crowds v.24 but the crowd problem just keeps getting worse v.36

    2. His mission is clearly to the Jews v.27

    3. He then heals two non-Jewish people v.29 & v.35. God has always had a heart for non-Jews, outsiders and people on the fringe of society.

    4. Jesus does not appear to be upset when his plans are interrupted.

  2. From v.24 to the end of the chapter Jesus spends time in non-Jewish territory which is interesting for several reasons.

    1. He seems to want some time-out from the crowds v.24 but the crowd problem just keeps getting worse v.36

    2. His mission is clearly to the Jews v.27

    3. He then heals two non-Jewish people v.29 & v.35. God has always had a heart for non-Jews, outsiders and people on the fringe of society.

    4. Jesus does not appear to be upset when his plans are interrupted.

  3. V.19 is interesting in that Jesus declared “all foods clean”. Took Peter a while to realize this, Acts 10:14-15.

    I’ll be away for a few days. Hope you’ll chat amongst yourselves while I’m gone.

  4. V.19 is interesting in that Jesus declared “all foods clean”. Took Peter a while to realize this, Acts 10:14-15.

    I’ll be away for a few days. Hope you’ll chat amongst yourselves while I’m gone.

  5. Wondering if He thought He was going to get some rest in Tyre … LOL
    Poor guy …

    The whole dirty hands thing has got my interest. That seems to be the focus of the church leaders of the day. I guess if we saw a wino digging in the garbage for food we might question whether he was going to ingest something to make him ill. But this was not the concern of the church leaders … they just wanted them to wash their hands to follow their man made rules. The anti establishment ways of Jesus are so cool … He’s always smoking the Pharisees … trying to bring them to truth. He loved them too … otherwise He would never have wasted His words on them.

  6. Wondering if He thought He was going to get some rest in Tyre … LOL
    Poor guy …

    The whole dirty hands thing has got my interest. That seems to be the focus of the church leaders of the day. I guess if we saw a wino digging in the garbage for food we might question whether he was going to ingest something to make him ill. But this was not the concern of the church leaders … they just wanted them to wash their hands to follow their man made rules. The anti establishment ways of Jesus are so cool … He’s always smoking the Pharisees … trying to bring them to truth. He loved them too … otherwise He would never have wasted His words on them.

  7. I think Jesus probably was hoping to get some rest in Tyre but it didn’t happen.

    I wonder what the equivalent of “dirty hands” is in Christian culture?

  8. I think Jesus probably was hoping to get some rest in Tyre but it didn’t happen.

    I wonder what the equivalent of “dirty hands” is in Christian culture?

  9. v.6-8 He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’ You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”

    Jesus continued and gave them an example (v.9-13). Their hearts are far from God and they worship in vain. To worship God you have to engage your hearts. Not follow a formula or man made rules but engage your heart.

  10. v.6-8 He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’ You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”

    Jesus continued and gave them an example (v.9-13). Their hearts are far from God and they worship in vain. To worship God you have to engage your hearts. Not follow a formula or man made rules but engage your heart.

  11. v.24 Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre.

    As if to show that being with Gentles does not defile Jesus went outside Israel into Gentile territory.

  12. v.24 Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre.

    As if to show that being with Gentles does not defile Jesus went outside Israel into Gentile territory.

  13. v.28-29 “Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.”

    “for such a reply” – a reply that shows faith and humility. Faith that God provides bread for his children; humility to know that she wasn’t entitled since she was a Jew.

  14. v.28-29 “Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.”

    “for such a reply” – a reply that shows faith and humility. Faith that God provides bread for his children; humility to know that she wasn’t entitled since she was a Jew.

  15. v.36 Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it.

    Jesus commanded demons to keep quiet and they did; he commanded the wind to keep quiet and it did but when he told people to keep quiet it did not happen. God will not override our free will.

  16. v.36 Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it.

    Jesus commanded demons to keep quiet and they did; he commanded the wind to keep quiet and it did but when he told people to keep quiet it did not happen. God will not override our free will.

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