Tuesday Morning: 07 May 2019 – Mark 7:24-8:9 ~ on feeding the dogs

Tuesday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (A Collect for Peace – Tuesday)

O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom: Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries, through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – Mark 7:24-8:9 (NLT)

The Faith of a Gentile Woman

Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre. He didn’t want anyone to know which house he was staying in, but he couldn’t keep it a secret. Right away a woman who had heard about him came and fell at his feet. Her little girl was possessed by an evil spirit, and she begged him to cast out the demon from her daughter.

Since she was a Gentile, born in Syrian Phoenicia, Jesus told her, “First I should feed the children—my own family, the Jews. It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”

She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even the dogs under the table are allowed to eat the scraps from the children’s plates.”

“Good answer!” he said. “Now go home, for the demon has left your daughter.” And when she arrived home, she found her little girl lying quietly in bed, and the demon was gone.

Jesus Heals a Deaf Man

Jesus left Tyre and went up to Sidon before going back to the Sea of Galilee and the region of the Ten Towns. A deaf man with a speech impediment was brought to him, and the people begged Jesus to lay his hands on the man to heal him.

Jesus led him away from the crowd so they could be alone. He put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then, spitting on his own fingers, he touched the man’s tongue. Looking up to heaven, he sighed and said, “Ephphatha,” which means, “Be opened!” Instantly the man could hear perfectly, and his tongue was freed so he could speak plainly!

Jesus told the crowd not to tell anyone, but the more he told them not to, the more they spread the news. They were completely amazed and said again and again, “Everything he does is wonderful. He even makes the deaf to hear and gives speech to those who cannot speak.”

Jesus Feeds Four Thousand

About this time another large crowd had gathered, and the people ran out of food again. Jesus called his disciples and told them, “I feel sorry for these people. They have been here with me for three days, and they have nothing left to eat. If I send them home hungry, they will faint along the way. For some of them have come a long distance.”

His disciples replied, “How are we supposed to find enough food to feed them out here in the wilderness?”

Jesus asked, “How much bread do you have?”

“Seven loaves,” they replied.

So Jesus told all the people to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves, thanked God for them, and broke them into pieces. He gave them to his disciples, who distributed the bread to the crowd. A few small fish were found, too, so Jesus also blessed these and told the disciples to distribute them.

They ate as much as they wanted. Afterward, the disciples picked up seven large baskets of leftover food. There were about 4,000 men in the crowd that day, and Jesus sent them home after they had eaten.
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Morning Reflection:

Good News for Gentiles

“Good answer!” he said. “Now go home, for the demon has left your daughter.”
And when she arrived home, she found her little girl lying quietly in bed,
and the demon was gone.
– Mark 7:29-30

Looking up to heaven, he sighed and said, “Ephphatha,”
which means, “Be opened!” Instantly the man could hear perfectly,
and his tongue was freed so he could speak plainly!
– Mark 7:34-35

In today’s readings, Jesus has moved away from the conflict of Galilee and traveled northwest to the Mediterranean coast into the Gentile world of Tyre and Sidon – ostensibly to get some rest. But his reputation has preceded him and Gentiles come to him for healing.

The Gentile Woman: Her persistent request for help for her demonized daughter demonstrated her faith in Jesus – she believed he could, if he would. And her repartee with him showed that she was fully aware that she was a beggar – without rights or standing – depending solely on Jesus’ mercy and grace. And when she went home her daughter was healed.

The Gentile Deaf Man – He was brought to Jesus by his friends – again Gentiles who believed in Jesus’ healing power. Was the man himself a believer? We don’t know, but Jesus took him away from the crowd and dealt with him personally, using signs to communicate what he was doing. And the man was healed instantly.

Jesus rewarded Gentile faith as well as Jewish faith. Jesus had come to deliver both Gentiles and Jews.

Questions for consideration: In the cases cited above, family and friends plead with Jesus for healing on behalf of a loved one.

  • Do you have a loved one who needs healing and/or deliverance? Please explain.
  • Do you believe that Jesus can, or will, heal that person? What’s the difference? Please explain.
  • Have you prayed for that person to be healed, or delivered? What has been the result? Please explain.
  • At this point in time, what more can you do – persist in prayer, believe that it is done, thank God for working wonders, something else? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer:

Prayer for those who are doing the persecuting:

Merciful God: Open the eyes and soften the hearts of the people who have brought unfathomable suffering and abuse upon Christians around the world. Remind us again that you sent your Son to save the whole world, and that you don’t want anyone – even these people – to perish.  I ask this in Jesus’ name, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

My prayer:

Heavenly Father: Have mercy on me, my loved ones, and friends – especially those who desperately need your forgiveness, healing, and deliverance. Make a way where there is no way and change their lives. Show them your loving-kindness in ways they never before imagined, that they may be completely amazed and give glory to your Name, through Jesus Christ your Son, my Savior. Amen.
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“I’m Amazed” – Jason Crabb / The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
[Live at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola]

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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