Saturday, April 22: For such a reply, you may go


MarkThe Gospel of Mark emphasizes Jesus' role as a servant. Join with us as we venture through one section of this vital gospel that recounts many of Jesus' actions during his ministry years.

Read Mark 7:24-30

Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet. The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.

"First let the children eat all they want," he told her, "for it is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to the dogs."

"Lord," she replied, "even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs."

Then he told her, "For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter."

She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.



"Who's on first?" While Jesus and this Gentile woman aren't exactly Abbott & Costello, there's a healthy dose of wit and cleverness in this verbal sparring match between them. The unnamed Greek woman is the only person recorded who got the better of Jesus in a war of words, but it may well have been a battle that Jesus set out to lose—a rigged game, but one that emphasizes that God's kingdom wasn't confined to only the nation of Israel, but was open to Gentiles, to all who'd believe and follow.


Jesus engages us on all levels of our lives, and his encounters with us may look altogether different than his interactions with other people. Thank him that he's grafted a branch into his kingdom as unusual as you. And pray that this people-tree would continue to grow, and that you might find a role in that cultivation.


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