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Freedom from Jewish legalism
Tradition vs Commandment
disciples asked him -- they didn’t understand
Defilement is explained - Mark 7:18-23
cannot defile him ... Thus, no meats (food) eaten today are "unclean"
Perer and unclean foods - Acts 10:9-16
evil ... begins in the heart.; Galatians 5:19-21
Jesus, friend of strangers (Syrophenician woman) Mark 7:24-37
Foreshadows the Universal scope of the gospel.
could not be hid ... Christ in a pagan land.
Jesus’ fame crossed borders
1) Jesus Silent - Matthew 15:23
2) Jesus Refused - Matthew 15:24
3) Jesus Reproached her - Matthew 15:26; Mark 7:27
dogs ... little dogs, household pets, not scavengers - Matthew 15:24
go thy way ... another instance of Jesus healing at a distance, and faith on the part of the woman and not the daughter who was healed.
Many were brought to him, and Mark selects an example.
impediment ... not dumb, fut a stammer. The Greek word appears only here.
A picture of men bringing their friend to Christ. But they tried to tell Jesus His business, how to do it. "Our way"
There is a tie between deafness and dumbness. If our ears are open to the wWord, our tongue will be loosed in praise.
took him aside ... It was probably the circumstances of the people around that makes it necessary for the cure to be gradual and with visual signs.
Ephphatha ... one of the five Aramaic words Mark records.
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Gann, Windell. "Commentary on Mark 7". Gann's Commentary on the Bible. https://studylight.org/
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