Day 34 (Sun, Sept 7, 2014)
Four Thousand Fed
50 total verses: Matthew 15:21-39; 16:1-4; Mark 7:24-37; 8:1-13.
Brief description of action taking place or point being made
100. Gentile woman’s faith in Matthew 15:21-28; Mark 7:24-30
101. Jesus heals a deaf man in Mark 7:31-37
102. Many healed on a mountain in Matthew 15:29-31
103. Jesus feeds 4,000 in Matthew 15:32-39; Mark 8:1-10
104. Pharisees seek a sign in Matthew 16:1-4; Mark 8:11-13
1. What is your favorite verse or set of verses? Why?
2. Did you learn anything from the reading or find anything particularly cool? What?
3. Was there anything unclear in the passage that you have questions about? What are they?
Specific questions on this passage
After Completing the Bible Reading
Broader outline of each section of passage
Matthew 15:21-28; Mark 7:24-30. Jesus and his disciples go to Tyre and Sidon, which are cities on the coast of what is now southern Lebanon. There, one of the women keeps begging Jesus and the disciples to cast a demon out of her daughter. It appears that Jesus is testing her faith, because he first tells her that he is sent only to Israel. When she persists, he says that bread for the children should not be given to dogs. But instead of taking offense, she wisely says that dogs get the crumbs under the table. And Jesus commends her for her great faith, and her daughter is healed instantly.
Mark 7:31-37. After he left Tyre and Sidon, Jesus went to Decapolis near the Sea of Galilee. A man who was deaf and had a speech impediment was brought to Jesus, and Jesus healed him. It was a little unusual, because he put his fingers in the man’s ears, and then spat and touched the man’s tongue. He told them not to tell anyone, but they didn’t’ listen to him.
Matthew 15:29-31. When he left there, he journeyed beside the Sea of Galilee, and went up on a mountain. The crowds brought all sort of people with physical needs, and Jesus healed them all.
Matthew 15:32-39; Mark 8:1-10. After three days of being on the mountain healing people, Jesus wanted to feed the crowds, because they were in a very isolated place, and Jesus was concerned that some would pass out on their way home. Just as before, Jesus asked the disciples how much bread they had, and they brought him seven loaves and a few fish. And when Jesus gave thanks, the disciples handed out the food, and it fed four thousand men, plus women and children, and they still were able to collect a large amount of leftovers.
Matthew 16:1-4; Mark 8:11-13. The Pharisees asked Jesus for a sign from heaven, but he refused, and left them.
My favorite passage and other random thoughts
My favorite verses are from the exchange between Jesus and the Syrophoenician woman in Matthew 15:26b-28a, “‘It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs’ She said, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.’ Then Jesus answered her, ‘O woman, great is your faith!'” (ESV). I like it because it shows that sometimes it seems like God might be against you, but it is only that he is testing your persistence and faith. If you understand his kindness, you can keep pressing in to receive what you want and need.