Dealing with outsiders
Mark 7:24-37 (NASB)
24 And from there He arose and went away to the region of Tyre. And when He had entered a house, He wanted no one to know of it; yet He could not escape notice. 25 But after hearing of Him, a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit, immediately came and fell at His feet. 26 Now the woman was a Gentile, of the Syrophoenician race. And she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27 And He was saying to her, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 28 But she answered and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children’s crumbs.” 29 And He said to her, “Because of this answer go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.” 30 And going back to her home, she found the child lying on the bed, the demon having departed.
31 And again He went out from the region of Tyre, and came through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, within the region of Decapolis. 32 And they brought to Him one who was deaf and spoke with difficulty, and they entreated Him to lay His hand upon him. 33 And He took him aside from the multitude by himself, and put His fingers into his ears, and after spitting, He touched his tongue with the saliva; 34 and looking up to heaven with a deep sigh, He said to him, “Ephphatha!” that is, “Be opened!” 35 And his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was removed, and he began speaking plainly. 36 And He gave them orders not to tell anyone; but the more He ordered them, the more widely they continued to proclaim it. 37 And they were utterly astonished, saying, “He has done all things well; He makes even the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.”
Testing a gentile woman’s faith
Jesus now goes into non-
If Jesus does not save Gentiles, I could not tell you about Him now! With all non-
This deaf man who can hardly speak hears and speaks!
Decapolis is a stronghold of Gentile life, east of Jordan River. Its ten cities deeply reflect Greek culture. Jesus now visits Decapolis. A deaf man, able to speak only with difficulty is brought to Jesus, who is asked to lay hands on him. Jesus takes him aside, puts His fingers in his ears, and places His saliva on the mute man’s tongue. The Son of God looks to Heaven, sighs deeply, and commands, ‘Ephphatha!’ that is, ‘Be opened!’ The man hears and speaks plainly. Although Jesus tells people to say nothing, they publicise what Christ has done for him. (The reverse is, sadly, often true today. The Bible says Christians should tell people about the Saviour. Sadly, we often fail to do so!) The astonished people remark, that Jesus ‘has done all things well; He makes even the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.’
Conversion to Christ is like this man’s coming to hear and speak. Before becoming born again, non-
 . John 3:16.
 . Hebrews 7:25.
 . See John 3:3-
 . 1 Corinthians 2:14.
Questions on Chapter 27
37 Dealing with outsiders.
A. Why does Jesus seem to speak negatively to the Syrophoenician woman? How does she respond? Do you think that Jesus is taken by surprise? Mark 7:26 Mark7:24-
B. How does the miracle of healing on the deaf and partially mute man illustrate how God works in spiritually deaf and mute people? Mark 7:32-
C. Do you agree that Jesus has done all things well? What things do you think that Jesus has done especially well in history and for you? Mark 7:37 Genesis 1:31 John 3:17 Romans 5:9 Romans 8:37 Ephesians 2:18 1 John 4:9