Mark 7:24-30 24 And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden. 25 But immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet. 26 Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27 And he said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 28 But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29 And he said to her, “For this statement you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” 30 And she went home and found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
1. Study through Mark 7:24-30 together. What stands out to you and why?
Mark gives us at least four details about the one who approaches Jesus here. And what may be lost on us, was not lost on Mark’s first readers.
2. What details does Mark give us about the one who approaches Jesus in this passage? Why do you think Mark tells us this?
Romans 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
3. How can Romans 1:16 shed light on what Jesus says to the woman in verse 27? What do you think He’s getting at?
4. What can we learn from this woman about how to approach Jesus? What “ground” does she stand on when assertively approaching Jesus?
There are two major obstacles that will keep you from approaching Jesus as you should. The first is a low view of Jesus (thinking you’re too bad for Jesus to save you) and the second is a high view of yourself (thinking you don’t need 100% grace, but can stand at least a little on your own rights).
5. If you have too low a view of Jesus, how can looking to what Jesus did on the cross help you change your mind?
6. If you have too high a view of yourself, how can looking to what Jesus did on the cross help you change your mind?
“Ask for the Bleeding Charity. Everything’s here for the asking and nothing can be bought.” – C.S. Lewis in The Great Divorce
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