Matthew 15 Outline
– Jesus explained what is clean and what is unclean (Matthew 15:1-20)
– The Canaanite woman asked Jesus to heal her daughter (Matthew 15:21-28)
– Jesus fed 4,000 people with 7 loaves of bread and a few small fishes (Matthew 15:29-39)
Matthew 15 Bible Study
In Matthew 15:1-9, the Pharisees complained to Jesus that his disciples never wash hands before eating. In turn, Jesus rebuked them for being hypocrites and not obeying the teachings of law of Moses. The Pharisees add additional laws to the law of Moses and they did not do what they preach. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees that they appear to worship God externally but they did not do it sincerely. God is concerned with our sincerity. We must make sure that everything we do for God comes from the heart and not for external appearance.
In Matthew 15:10-20, it is not the uncleanness of our bodies that make us unclean but what that come forth from the heart and mind. We must not yield to the desire of the body because it comes from the devil. Jesus does not mean that all things consumable will not defile the body. We can eat all food except food sacrificed to the idols, blood, and meat of animals that die by strangling.
In Matthew 15:21-28, Jesus went to the region located within the proximity of Tyre and Sidon. A woman of Canaanite descent approached him. The woman pleaded Jesus to cast out the demons in her daughter. At first, Jesus refused to help her daughter because he was sent only to the Israelites. Jesus said to the woman it is not right to take away the bread of the children. The woman replied that even the dogs can eat the crumbs of bread left on the floor. The bread is the word of God. The dogs is the Gentiles. He eventually healed her daughter because she has faith.
In Matthew 15:29-31, Jesus went to the place along Galilee lake and healed many people. The people praise God for the miracles that Jesus performed.
In Matthew 15:32-39, Jesus feed 4,000 people with 7 loaves of bread and a few fishes. The people ate all they wanted and there is 7 large baskets of leftovers. Jesus gave thanks before giving the food to the disciples. The disciples have faith as they distribute the bread and fishes to the crowd. Later, Jesus sailed to the shore nearby to Magdala town.