Mark 7 Outline
– Jesus explained what is clean and unclean (Mark 7:1-23)
– Jesus cast the demons out of the daughter of a Syrophoenician woman (Mark 7:24-30)
– Jesus healed a man who was deaf and mute (Mark 7:31-37)
Mark 7 Bible Study
In Mark 7:1-23, the Pharisees and the teachers of the law complained to Jesus about his disciples eating food with unclean hands. The Jews don’t eat unless they wash their hands in a ceremonial washing. They also observe other washing traditions including the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles. In turn, Jesus rebuked them by saying that the most important thing is the cleanness of the heart and not the outward cleanness. Food that you eat won’t make you unclean because they will be purged out of your body eventually. However, the heart can produce all kinds of impurity and sins in the person including evil thoughts, feelings, words and actions. If you worship and revere God, you must serve it out from the sincerity of the heart and not just outwardly.
In Mark 7:24-30, Jesus went to the region of Tyre and entered into a house. A women found out about it and pleaded with him to cast out the demons in his daughter. At first, Jesus refused to help her because he said he was sent to the Jews. The Jews are first chosen nation of God. They are the first children of God. Because they were disobedient to God, the gospel is open to all other people in the world who put their faith in Christ. However, the woman did to give up in asking Jesus to drive out the demons in her daughter. She replied that even the dogs can eat the crumbs of the children. Because of her faith, Jesus cast out the demons in the daughter of the woman immediately.
In Mark 7:31-37, some people brought a man who was deaf and mute to Jesus. Jesus put his fingers into the ears of the man. After that, he spat and touched the tongue of the man. Then, he said, ‘Ephphatha’ with a deep sigh. At once, the man was able to hear and speak. Jesus commanded the people not to tell others about what he did because it wasn’t time for him to be captured and handed over to the enemies and be crucified.