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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Mark Chapter 7

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: John Mark
Date Penned: (55-65 AD)
Overview: Mark Records the 1st Gospel Written (c 1-16)
Theme:  The Message and Ministry of Jesus, The Servant (c 1-13)
Message: Jesus Teaches and Performs Miracles  (v 1-37)

Mark 7 Commentary

(7:1-23) Jesus teaches About Inner Purity - After the eye-opening demonstrations of Jesus’ power in chapter 6, Mark provided a pause in the action by telling of another confrontation between Jesus and the Pharisees. Similar confrontations had already occurred (see chapters 2 and 3). Jesus’ dramatic actions were met by determined resistance from groups that Mark identified as “Pharisees and teachers of religious law.” Unable to overcome Jesus directly, their tactics shifted to the disciples. They were sure that the disciples were the weak point in Jesus’ defenses.

(7:24-30) Jesus Sends a Demon Out of a Girl - Jesus’ actions never yielded to simple explanations. Those who thought they had him “figured out” were usually about to be stunned. His opponents tended to see the hurting people who came to Jesus as cases to be solved or examples of those who broke the law. Jesus treated them as valuable human beings, worthy of his attention. The presumption that Jesus was out to trample God’s law might have led Jesus’ opponents to expect him to quickly heal the daughter of this Gentile woman. But instead of adding this situation to his portfolio of unusual miracles performed, Jesus ignored the opportunity to make a statement; instead, he dealt with this woman as an individual whose own faith needed to be challenged and clarified.

(7:31-37) Jesus Heals Many People - The healing of the Gentile woman’s daughter occurred during Jesus’ northernmost travels. He concluded that mission by taking a long route back to Galilee. Then Jesus healed a deaf-mute. Mark selected instances from Jesus’ life to illustrate the many ways the Lord shows compassion for others. Mark seems to have made a connection between the deaf-mute here and the blind man in 8:22-26 with the deafness and blindness of the disciples described in 8:18. Jesus wants to open the ears and eyes of all who are deaf


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Are You Telling Others About Jesus?

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Mark with Chapter 7. In our text today we see Jesus continuing is His Ministry as he rebukes the Pharisees on the heart of the Scriptures, while continuing to do miracles through healings. What catches my eye is when Jesus heals the sick they go and tell others of His great power and what Jesus did for them. In making application we see that when Jesus saves us a great miracle happens as we go from spiritual death unto life being sin sick we are now healed from this disease which should cause us to tell others just as these in the Scriptures. How about you? Are you saved? If so, are you telling others of the miracle in your life? Let us learn from our text today and the ministry of Jesus to see the great miracle that has happened to us which should cause us to go tell others of what Jesus did for us. 


Mark 7

Mark 7

 1Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem.

 2And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.

 3For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.

 4And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables.

 5Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?

 6He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

 7Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

 8For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

 9And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

 10For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:

 11But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.

 12And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;

 13Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

 14And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand:

 15There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.

 16If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.

 17And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable.

 18And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him;

 19Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?

 20And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.

 21For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

 22Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

 23All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

 24And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid.

 25For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet:

 26The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.

 27But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.

 28And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs.

 29And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.

 30And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.

 31And again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis.

 32And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him.

 33And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue;

 34And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.

 35And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.

 36And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it;

 37And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.