Heavenly Father, Please speak to us through Your divine, inspired, infallible, and inerrant word of Truth. Please open our mind to understand, eyes to see, ears to hear, tongue to confess, and hearts to feel Your heartbeat. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Mark 7: 24-37
VV 24-25, ‘’24 From there He arose and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And He entered a house and wanted no one to know it, but He could not be hidden. 25 For a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit heard about Him, and she came and fell at His feet.’’
Jesus and His disciples walked 35 miles north, from Galilee to Tyre, a coastal town of the Mediterranean Sea in ancient Phoenicia. The woman whose daughter was demon-possessed was a descendent of the Canaanites. Jews despised them and called them mongrel dogs. She bowed down to worship Jesus. Jesus traveled to Palestine to minister to this Gentile woman. John 3:16, ‘’For God so loved the world’’. Jesus came to save Jews and Gentiles.
VV 26-30, ‘’26 The woman was a Greek, a Syro-Phoenician by birth, and she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27 But Jesus said to her, “Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” 28 And she answered and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children’s crumbs.”29 Then He said to her, “For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.”30 And when she had come to her house, she found the demon gone out, and her daughter lying on the bed.’’
The Canaanite woman begged Jesus to exorcise her daughter but Jesus replied, ‘’Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” The Greek word for ‘ ’ little dog’ ’ is ‘ ’kuon’ ’ which means a small puppy pet dog. Jews called Syro-Phoenician ‘’kunarion’’ which means a mongrel dog. But Jesus used the word ‘‘kuon’’ not ‘’kunarion’’. Jesus replied that it was not right to give food to a small puppy pet dog. The woman replied that even a small puppy pet dog can ask for crumbs from the master’s table. She humbled herself, knowing that she was a Gentile and not God’s covenant people. She knew the mercy and grace of God. She was humble and persistent. Jesus commended her faith and healed her daughter. She went home and found her daughter free from demon possession.
VV 31-37, 31 Again, departing from the region of Tyre and Sidon, He came through the midst of the region of Decapolis to the Sea of Galilee. 32 Then they brought to Him one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech, and they begged Him to put His hand on him. 33 And He took him aside from the multitude and put His fingers in his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue.34 Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.”35 Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly. 36 Then He commanded them that they should tell no one; but the more He commanded them, the more widely they proclaimed it. 37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”
Decapolis in Greek means ‘’ten cities’’. These were 10 Greek, Roman cities On the southeast coast of the Sea of Galilee in a region called Perea. They brought to Jesus a deaf and mute man and begged Jesus to heal him. Jesus took the man away from the multitudes, placed His fingers to the man’s ears, spat on His hand, and touched the man’s tongue. Jesus said ‘’Ephphatha’’ (which means be opened) and immediately the man was healed. Jesus forbade the man and his friends from telling about the miracle but they went and proclaimed it even more widely. The people were amazed. The Canaanite woman of Tyre and the man of Decapolis were Gentiles, who were outside the covenant of God, but Jesus searched for them to bring them into His fold. Jesus traveled out of His way to meet, heal, and save them. We, too, are Gentiles but Jesus searched for us to brought us into His fold to be His covenant people. Jesus came to seek and save those that are lost. Jesus is searching for you. He wants to give you peace, joy, satisfaction, purpose, and fulfillment in life. Today you can be saved if you confess and repent of your sin, believe, and surrender your life to Him.
Heavenly Father, You came to seek and save those that are lost. We bless You and thank You, in Jesus’ name, Amen