Deuteronomy 1-3, Mark 7
What’s interesting to me in this Mark passage is that Jesus spoke rather plainly about what defiles a person, he did not share this in a parable, and yet the disciples are confused and ask him to explain the parable. And then, we see this Syrophoenician women coming to Jesus who speaks to her in a parable and she responds with understanding. Despite the disciples spending all of their time with Jesus, they still do not understand his words. It sort of builds this crazy beautiful picture that those on the “outside” (the Syrophoenician woman) can enter into relationship with God. The kingdom is truly meant for all peoples!
When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
I love that this woman, a Syrophoenician by birth, jumps right info Jesus’ world by not only understanding his parable-speak, but offering her reply in kind. She could have easily walked away offended, quasi-rejected by this supposed healer who was pointing out their obvious cultural differences, but instead she had faith and believed that He was the healer who could help her little daughter. And Jesus, what a kind man– he honors that faith by granting her request. I just love the cultural dynamics in this short story where we get a glimpse of the nature of Jesus’ heart!
This is a little confusing for me still, because wasn’t Jesus here for everyone, not just the Kews?
Yes He is here for everyone! This is where I think it’s important to really understand the role of the Jewish nation. Someone PLEASE correct me if my theology is off!
God made a covenant with the Jews, that they would be his people, yet makes it clear that it was for the purpose of sharing the truth with the rest of the world (us “Gentiles”). They are meant to be a type of priest/pastor for the rest of the world (or at least, that’s how I’ve always pictured it). But they can’t share God unless they first know God, which is why Jesus (and the early church) ministered to the Jews first. The individual Gentiles in the NT were ‘ahead of their time.’
Jesus may have ministered among the Jews, but he never turned away anyone who trusted in Him. He even compliments their faith! I’ve always found the woman’s line in this passage about even the dogs getting the crumbs from the children’s plates incredibly inspirational. Honestly, we are all only worthy of the crumbs, Jew or Gentile. God ‘adopted’ the Jews before the Gentiles, but it wasn’t because of anything they did. The woman’s faith is awesome, because she recognizes her real value (nothing before God, as we all are without his grace) and she knows that the healing of her daughter is nothing to Jesus. It’s effortless, minor. There is so much more that he has to offer, yet so many viewed his miracles as the limit of His power!
But back to the Jews- the early church was actually Jewish! They are the ones that brought Christianity to the Gentiles, as was intended. God meant them to be His launchpad and an example of faith to the rest of the world.
I’m pretty sure I’m rambling at this point so I’m going to shut up now. Hope this makes sense!
Perfect synopsis. This was great! Thank you!
Hi girls, can someone please explain why the woman said “even the dogs eat children’s crumbs” in mark passage and why Jesus said for this reply your daughter has been healed?
The ESV study bible says this. I totally missed the comparison here and had to look it up, but maybe that’s just bc its early :)
Mark 7:27 Jesus’ noncommittal response is surprising and may seem offensive. He gives three comparisons: bread/his message; children/the Jewish people; and dogs/Gentiles. First holds out the hope, however, that Gentiles will also become the recipients of God’s grace. Taking into account vv. 29–30, it is reasonable to conclude that Jesus spoke as he did merely to test the woman’s faith.
Mark 7:28–30 yet even the dogs. The woman’s response to Jesus’ surprising statement (v. 27) is both humble and persistent. Perhaps she understands and humbly accepts that God called Israel first for a particular purpose (cf. Ex. 4:22). For this statement. Jesus honors the woman’s simple faith, so that upon returning home, she finds that the demon is gone out of her daughter.
I had the same question. My husband is a minister and this is what he told me… The lady in the story was a Gentile. She was asking for the demon to be removed from the daughter. She was being told that the children have not yet received their blessing. The children in this case are the Jews. The mother was asking for a blessing that would normally have only been given to a Jewish family because Jesus was ministering to the Jews. When the mother replies regarding the crumbs falling off the table those crumbs are referring to the blessings. It’s like she was saying, I understand that you’re here for the Jews, but please allow a tiny blessing to fall to me in this case.
Deuteronomy 1:31 “and in the wilderness where you saw how the Lord your God carried you, just as a man carries his son”. Couple days behind. But God carried His people. When they wandered. And didn’t know where they were going. He cared about them. Even when they rebelled and doubted. And disobeyed. He cared about them. And He carried them.
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