Read Mark 7:24-37
1. Did you discover something new this time you read the chapter?
2. Look at Mark 7:24-30. In this passage Jesus exorcises a demon from a little girl. Why do you think it is important that we know the woman is a Gentile? What is the difference between a Jew and a Gentile? Even though this woman is a Gentile why did heal her daughter? There was a common sentiment in the early church that the Gospel was only for the Jews. This meant that anyone who was not born a Jew could not become a Christian. This passage shows Jesus stating that this is not the case. He is saying here with healing of the Gentile woman’s daughter, that the good news of the Gospel of grace is for anyone, there is no need for someone to be a Jew to become a Christian. Anyone who repents and believes becomes a Christian. In application to our own lives, do we think that certain people cannot become Christians? Maybe a person who is Muslim could never become a Christian. Or what about someone who is a devout atheist, or what about someone who has murdered someone. No one is every unable to become a Christian as long as they are alive. No one is ever too far gone or so far from Christ that they cannot repent of their sin and believe in the Jesus as their LORD and savior. We must remember this in the times that we live in nor matter what a person looks like, acts like, or believes, that is no reason not to share the good news of the gospel with them for the need it as much as you or me needs the grace of God.
3. Look at Mark 7:31-37. In this passage Jesus heals a man who was deaf. How did Jesus heal him? Do you find anything strange about it? Why do you think Jesus healed the man this way, when He could have just said be healed? Jesus is did it this way to show that He is the master of all things that He created? Jesus participated in creating the heavens and the earth and all that is within them and He is master over all things. This act shows us this. Why do you think the man proclaimed that Jesus healed him so much? Would you have done the same? Why? When we have truly been changed we want to tell the world what Jesus has done for us and to us. Has Jesus changed you? How? Do you want to tell the world what He has done for and to you? Why or Why not?
4. Do you have any questions about this chapter?
5. How did this chapter in Mark explain the gospel to you?
*Much of the work in is not my own but used in collaboration with a few commentaries and Group Study Bible.