Mark 7:24-37

  1. Why did Jesus at first seem to refuse the women’s request (cf. Matt. 15:24), and why did he use such harsh words?
    What can we learn from her response, and from the Lord’s answer to her further plea?
  2.  Assuming that the deaf and dumb man knew little or nothing about Jesus due to his limitations, what would the strange actions of Jesus mean to him?
    How would they help him to respond in faith?
  3. Is there anything we can learn here about personal witness from the example of those who brought their deaf and dumb friend to Jesus?

Note. Verse 27. The term ‘dogs’ is an expression of contempt and disgust. In many parts of the East the dog is still basically a scavenger and by its very nature unclean and a potential carrier of disease.