We should applaud hygienic hands. But the Pharisees had no notion of transmissible bacterial infection - if they had, then the hand washing regime would have been much more rigorous!
It is easy to make others look silly, when they don't conform to an accepted social standard.
Corban was a sort of religious tax-avoidance scheme. In those days, there was no pension or social security payment for the elderly, except for whatever their offspring could provide.
In 1791, John Wesley wrote: "Slovenliness is no part of religion.
Jesus rebuked them for being dull. Dullness, here, is not an intellectual weakness: it is dullness-of-sight ... the inability to see truth after spending so long in spiritual darkness.
Jesus now relocates from Galilee to the Mediterranean coastal post of Tyre. It appears that He came specially for this one notable encounter, before returning to His home region.
At first sight, Jesus did not appear sympathetic to the Syro-Phoenician woman.
We should not ignore geography. Jesus kept moving, because He had business to do: announcing the kingdom of heaven, and training His disciples how to do the same.
There are few really good news stories today. But when they can be found, they are nectar to TV newscasters.
This looks like a re-run of the feeding of the 5,000. But it is not, not really. It is a separate episode (see Mark 8:19-21), but so similar that the disciples should have been clued up ...
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