Verses 1-23, Clean and unclean
In prayer to God read aloud verses 20-23, and ask for him to reveal and heal any heart impurities. “Did you wash our hands?” How many times did we hear that from our moms? Jesus knew about germs on the outside, but he knew the deadliest of all lurk in hearts.
Verses 24-30, the faith of the Syrian Phoenician woman
Jesus looked at the woman’s heart and heritage. Give your thoughts about the dialog between Jesus and the woman.
Verses 31-37, the healing of a deaf and dumb man
Jesus returns to the Decapolis—region of ten cities—where the former demoniac has been a witness. In verse 14, what does Jesus’ sighing mean to you? Elwood Sanner calls Jesus’ sigh a “prayer without words.”
Summary Thought: For those who set themselves up as religious teachers, Jesus toughest criticisms landed on them, “You nullify (reverse, quash, cancel out, invalidate) the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”
Prayer Endings: In the name of Jesus, who verifies the word of God (vs. 18); In the name of Jesus who cleans the heart whiter than snow (vs. 14).