- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Clean and unclean (v 1-23)–Ceremonial cleansing before eating the meal was one of Jewish tradition.
Jesus confronted Pharisees by pointing the command of God and the tradition of men, and taught them
What would make people unclean? Taking into the mouth does not make people unclean but taking out
Of the mouth does make people unclean. Jesus pointed what was in the heart.
Corban was a Jewish tradition of making dedication vow to God. Anyone who made a Corban vow was required to dedicate it to God’s temple that otherwise would have gone to support their parents. Many people took the Corban vow to keep the religious tradition while they neglected God’s command to take care of their needy parents.
Jesus healed gentile woman’s daughter (v24-30) —By healing a gentile girl, Jesus revealed that he was
The Messiah for all and faith was available to all people. Jesus saw deep and undying faith that this woman had. She responded to Jesus’ imagery word of dog with her faith in Jesus.
Jesus healed a deaf and mute man (v31-37) —- After Jesus healed this man, he commanded people not to tell anyone about this healing. Because people might misunderstand Jesus just as miracle worker, not knowing who real Jesus was, and his message.
Who is Jesus? Chapter 7 continues to witness the power and authority of Jesus through his healing and teaching.
- Ask yourself, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?” “Who is Jesus to you?”
- Pray to God with your answer.
- Live it out through the day.