The Gospel of Mark, Chapter 7

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

And welcome once again to ‘The Gospel of Mark’!

Catch up what I’ve shared in my summaries on the Gospel of Mark by clicking on the tag link for ‘the gospel of mark’ below. These summaries on Mark’s gospel look into the life story of Jesus Christ, the son of God, from the Holy Bible. Enjoy today’s instalment on Mark’s gospel as we look into Chapter 7.

Previously in the Gospel of Mark, Jesus taught in the synagogue and send out his disciples to teach from village to village, giving them the authority to drive out evil spirits. John the Baptist gets beheaded, Jesus feeds the five thousands with five loves and two fishes as well as walking on the water.

Let’s find out what Jesus does in Chapter 7 of Mark’s Gospel. Enjoy!


The Gospel of Mark, Chapter 7

In this chapter, the Pharisees and the teachers of the law gathered around Jesus and saw some of his disciples eating food with people who had dirty hands. The Pharisees and the teachers of the law demanded to know from Jesus why he allowed his disciples eat food with people who had dirty hands.

Jesus replies by calling the Pharisees and the teachers of the law ‘hypocrites’. He tells them that they have abandoned the commands of God and are holding onto human traditions. He goes on accusing them about abandoning God’s commands when he refers to Moses and about what was said long ago.

Then Jesus called the crowd to him and said to them, “Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.” He then left the crowd and entered a house to ask his disciples about his parable. However, the disciples don’t understand it.

Jesus explains further about what the parable means in order for his disciples to understand. He mentions that what comes out of a person defiles him or her, as it is from within a person’s heart that evil thoughts come out. These thoughts include sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, etc.

Afterwards, Jesus went on to honour a Syrophoenician Woman’s faith. It starts when Jesus went into the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house, wanting to keep his presence a secret. A woman had a little daughter possessed by an evil spirit. She came to Jesus and fell as she begged him to heal her daughter.

The woman was Greek and was born in Syrian Phoenicia. Jesus told the woman to first let all the children eat what they want and that it was not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs. The woman then replied to him, “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”

Jesus then said to the woman that the evil spirit has left her daughter and that she may go. The women went home to find her daughter well and the evil spirt gone. Afterwards, Jesus went to heal a deaf and mute man. It was after he left the vicinity of Tyre; went through Sidon; down to the Sea of Galilee.

It was in the region of the Decapolis that it happened. Some people brought a dead and mute man to Jesus and they begged him to place his hand on him. Jesus took the deaf and mute man away from the crowd, before putting his fingers into the man’s ear and spitting and touching on the man’s tongue.

Jesus then looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to the deaf and mute man, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”). At this, the man’s ears were opened and his tongue was loosened. He began to talk plainly, before Jesus told the man not to tell anyone about this. But the man told people.


That’s it for Chapter 7 of Mark’s Gospel. Stay tuned next week for Chapter 8.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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