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Mark 7:1-4

Mark 7:1-4

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!

Mark 7:5-8

Mark 7:5-8

It is easy to make others look silly, when they don't conform to an accepted social standard.

Mark 7:9-13

Mark 7:9-13

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.

Mark 7:14-15

Mark 7:14-15

In 1791, John Wesley wrote: "Slovenliness is no part of religion.

Mark 7:17-23

Mark 7:17-23

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.

Mark 7:24-26

Mark 7:24-26

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.

Mark 7:27-30

Mark 7:27-30

At first sight, Jesus did not appear sympathetic to the Syro-Phoenician woman.

Mark 7:31-35

Mark 7:31-35

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.

Mark 7:36-37

Mark 7:36-37

There are few really good news stories today. But when they can be found, they are nectar to TV newscasters.

Mark 8:1-5

Mark 8:1-5

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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