Jesus is in the Region of Tyre and Sidon
Canaanite Woman Pleads (Matt. 15:21-28; Mark 7:24-30)
- Jesus withdrew from the region of Galilee to that of Tyre and Sidon.
- He entered a house desired that people not know He was there, but He couldn't keep His presence secret.
- A Canaanite woman with a sick daughter approached Jesus, asking Him to heal cast out her daughter's demon. Initially, Jesus replied that He was only sent to the Jews, but with the woman's persistence and faith, Jesus granted her request.
- How can it be that Jesus, the Creator, was unable to keep His presence secret? Could He not have miraculously accomplished this?
- Does Jesus' initial response to the Canaanite woman strike you as harsh?
- Explain the Canaanite woman's reply to Jesus' statement about offering the children's bread to dogs.
Jesus travels to Galilee, Decapolis
Deaf, Mute Man Healed (Matt. 15:29-31; Mark 7:31-37)
- Some people brought to Jesus a man who was unable to hear or speak properly. Jesus took him aside from the crowd, put His fingers in the man's ears, spit and touched the man's tongue, and looked up to heaven and said, "Be opened!" Immediately the man could hear and speak plainly.
- Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone, but they didn't obey. Great crowds came to Jesus, bringing those who needed to be healed and Jesus healed them. The people were amazed and praised GOD.
Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand (Matt. 15:32-39; Mark 8:1-10)
- A crowd of about 4,000 gathered to see Jesus.
- They had nothing to eat and had been with Jesus three days.
- Jesus wanted to feed them because He had compassion on them. As with the 5,000+ before this, Jesus fed them with 7 loaves and a few small fish. Also just as before, the disciples seemingly didn't think about Jesus' ability to feed the people miraculously, instead assuming someone would have to travel some place to get food.
- There were 7 basketfuls of leftovers.
- Jesus sent the people away, got in a boat with His disciples and went to the region of Dalmanutha.
The Pharisees, Sadducees Ask Jesus for a Sign (Matt. 16:1-4; Mark 8:11-13)
- Pharisees and Sadducees approached Jesus and asked Him to show them a sign from heaven. Jesus refused, accusing them of being able to interpret less obvious signs correctly, such as weather patterns, and missing the obvious signs He had already performed.
- Jesus said the only sign that would be given would be the sign of Jonah, referring to Jesus being in the grave three days as Jonah was in the fish, eventually to return above ground.
- Jesus got in the boat and went over to the other side of the Sea of Galilee.
- What does the "sign of Jonah" have to do with the length of time Jesus was in the grave? How does this correlate to the timing of His death, resurrection?
Jesus Warns Against the Religious Leaders (Matt. 16:5-12; Mark 8:14-21)
- The disciples had forgotten to bring bread for their trip. Jesus said, "Be careful. Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees." The disciples assumed Jesus said this because they forgot to bring bread.
- Jesus reminded them that He was well-able to provide bread as He had when feeding the 5,000 and the 4,000 after them, so that wasn't the point. He was frustrated that they still didn't understand the point. Jesus then explained that by "yeast" He was referring to the teachings of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
- Can you think of some modern-day "yeast" we need to be on guard against?
Jesus Heals a Blind Man Near Bethsaida (Mark 8:22-26)
- When Jesus and the disciples came to Bethsaida, the people brought Jesus a blind man and begged Him to heal him. Jesus led him by the hand outside the village, spit on the man's eyes and put His hands on them.
- The man wasn't yet able to see clearly, so Jesus repeated the process and his sight returned.
- Jesus sent him home and told him not to go to the village.