MARK 7

6 Outlines

 

Mark 7:1-13

WHO WERE THESE GUYS (PEOPLE)?

 

We know that the Pharisees were the religious fundamentalists of their day.  They added much tradition to the law of God, and placed on the same level of importance.  Our text shows us in a detailed fashion who they REALLY were.

 

THEY WERE WONDERERS – Vss. 1-2, 5

They wondered why the disciples did not adhere to the “tradition of the elders”.

 

THEY WERE WASHERS – Vss. 3-4

With great detail they followed man-made traditions about washing.

 

THEY WERE WANDERERS – Vss. 6-8

According to Jesus, they wandered from the commandment of God to keep the traditions of men.

 

THEY WERE WIGGLERS – Vss. 9-13

They wiggled out of their God-given responsibilities through following their own traditions.

 

 

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Mark 7:1-13

TRADITIONS

 

All churches, even those who do not follow a liturgy do some things just about every week in their services. Some of these things include singing the Doxology, taking an offering, greeting each other with a time of hand shaking, and making announcements.  These things can be called traditions.  There is nothing wrong with tradition, unless they become more important to us than obeying the Word of God.  This was the problem the Pharisees had when they talked to Jesus about a violation of one of their traditions.

 

THE REALITY OF TRADITIONS - Vss. 1-4 - Everyone has traditions. The Pharisees had traditions for ceremonial washing.

 

THE RESPONSE TO VIOLATORS - Vs. 5 - It's easy to find fault with those who do not follow the same traditions that we follow. The Pharisees found fault with the disciples for not following prescribed tradition.

 

THE REBUKE OF JESUS - Vss. 6-13 - Jesus points out that the keeping of tradition was important to them than obeying God's Word.

 

 

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Mark 7:1-23

DEALING WITH PHARISEES

 

The Pharisees were the religious fundamentalists of their day.  They added much tradition to the law of God, and placed on the same level of importance.

 

THE TRADITION OF THE PHARISEES - Vss. 1-5

 

The Pharisees were concerned, not because the Word of God was being violated, but because the traditions were being violated.

The traditions were oral laws delivered by well-known rabbis.  They were compiled in a book called the Mishna. The Mishna was said to be "a fence around the law", supposedly keeping Jews from violating God's Word. Instead the Mishna ended up giving the Jews excuses for violating God's Word.

 

THE TROUBLE WITH PHARISEES - Vss. 6-13

The Problem Identified - Vss. 6-8

 

Hypocrisy of lip service - Vs. 6

Replacing of God's Word with Man's Tradition - Vss. 7-8

An Example Given - Vss. 9-13

 

God's Teaching - Vs. 10

Man's Tradition - Vss. 11-12

         According to the rabbis, a man could neglect the care of his parents by

         claiming that he was setting the resources aside as a gift to God.

         See Matthew 23:23 for another example

The Sad Result - Vs. 13

 

THE TRUTH ABOUT PURITY - Vss. 14-23

 

WARNING FOR THE PEOPLE - Vss. 14-16

 

Call To Hear - Vss. 14, 16

Clarification - Vs. 15

 

EXPLANATION FOR THE DISCIPLES - Vss. 17-23

 

Question and Rebuke - Vss. 17-18

The Route of Food - Vss. 18-19

The Condition of the Heart - Vss. 20-23

    Jesus pointed out that defilement is in the heart and comes out in our behavior.

 

 

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Mark 7:24-30

LADY IN NEED

 

SHE WAS HURTING - Vss. 24-25

SHE WAS HUMBLE - Vss. 25-26

SHE WAS HOPEFUL - Vss. 27-28

SHE WAS HELPED - Vss. 29-30

 

 

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Mark7:24-30

A COMPARISON

 

Begin the message with some illustrations of how God answers prayer.

A common illustration is that of George Mueller, great man of prayer and faith, who prayed for over 50 years for five of his friends to be saved.  All five came to Christ. The last was saved after Mueller had gone to Heaven.

 

The lady in our story is an example of prevailing prayer. She had much against her because she was a Gentile. However, she persisted in requesting healing for her daughter.

 

We should compare our prayer lives to the way this woman requested help from the Lord Jesus.

 

SHE CARED, DO I CARE? Vss. 24-25

Jesus was resting, and was seeking privacy in the Gentile area of Tyre and Sidon. We know the area as ancient Phoenicia.  This Gentile woman cared enough to seek out Jesus for help.

 

How much do we care about the lost, about the Spiritual condition of our friends, our own holiness, or our own needs?  Sometimes we say we care, but in reality, we do not care enough to pray hard and long!

 

SHE CAME, DO I COME? Vs. 26

 

She came to God, the Son, for help!  Her daughter was demon possessed! So many Scriptures tell us to do what this woman did.

Matthew 7:1-11, John 15:16, John 16:24, Ephesians 6:18,  Philippians 4:6-7, 1 Peter 4:7, 1 Peter 5:7, 1 John 5:14-15

Do we obey these scriptures, and come to God for help?

 

SHE WAS CONSISTENT, AM I CONSISTENT? Vss. 27-28

Compare Matthew 15:21-25.

The Lord was evidently testing this lady, but she wouldn't give up.

She kept asking until Jesus would grant her request.

 

When Jesus said that it was not fit to give the children's food to the dogs, he was referring to "doggies" or "little dogs." He meant the family pets.  The children's food was not given to the pets. He meant that Israel was first to hear the message of the Gospel before the Gentiles.

 

The lady, by faith, pointed out that the little doggies ate the crumbs which the children dropped. In essence, she was saying, "I am only asking for a crumb."

This lady was persistent in her request. Am I? See Luke 18:1-8.

 

SHE WAS CONFIDENT, AM I CONFIDENT? Vs. 29. Matthew 15:28

The woman went her way, believing. How confident am I that God will answer my prayers?

 

SHE WAS CONSOLED, AM I CONSOLED? Vs. 30

 

 

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Mark 7:31-37

PHYSICIAN ON DUTY

 

A PROMINENT PROBLEM – Vss. 31-32

 

A PRIVATE HEALING – Vss. 33-35

 

A PUBLIC PROCLAMATION – Vss. 36-37

The more Jesus told people to be quiet about His works, the more they talked about them.

 

 

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