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Introduction to the Gospels and Acts
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The Good News of the Kingdom According to
Yeshua HaMashiach, the Servant

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[Capernaum [MAP], Yom Teruah, Sunday, 21 September 27 CE]

2. Traditions of Men (Takanot) Rebuked (7:1-16; Mt 15:1-11)

1Then the P'rushimPharisees and some of the SofrimScribes, Torah Reachers who had come from YerushalayimJerusalem gathered around Him. 2They saw some of His talmidimdisciples eating bread with hands that were “unclean” — that is, “unwashed.”[2] 3(Following the Takanot[GN] of the elders, the P'rushim, in fact all the Y'hudimJudeans, Jewish leaders, don’t eat unless they ritually wash their hands and forearms. 4When they come home from the marketplace they don’t eat until they have immersed themselves. And there are many other customs which they have received and observe, like the ceremonial immersion of cups, pitchers, bronze vessels, and dining couches.) 5The P'rushim and the Sofrim asked Yeshua, “Why don’t your disciples walk according to the Takanot of the elders instead of eating their food with unclean hands?”

6Yeshua answered, Yesha'yahuIsaiah prophesied correctly about you hypocrites, as it is written,

‘These people honor Me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
7They worship Me in vain,
teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’[7]

8“For you disregard the commandments of God, and cling tightly to the Takanot of men.” 9He went on, “Full well do you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your Takanot. 10For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother;’[10a] and, ‘He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death.’[10b] 11But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever benefit you might have received from me is Corban,”’”[11] (that is to say, devoted to God) 12“then you no longer allow him to do anything for his father or his mother, 13nullifying the word of God by your Takanot which you have handed down. You do many things like this.”

14He called the crowd to Himself and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand. 15Nothing that goes into a person from outside can defile him; but the things which come out of a person are the things that defile him. 16If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!”

3. Parable Explained in Private (7:17-23; Mt 15:12-20)

17When He had entered a house away from the crowd, his talmidim asked Him about the parable. 18He answered them, “Are you also without understanding? Don’t you realize that whatever goes into the man from outside can’t defile him? 19Because it doesn’t go into his heart, but into his stomach, then into the latrine?” (Thus He explained that all “food” is ritually clean.)[19]

20Then He said, “Which comes out of a person — that defiles him. 21For from within, out of people’s hearts[21], come wicked thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22greed, malice, deceit, indecency, envy, slander, arrogance, foolishness. 23All these evil things come from within and defile the person.”

[Syrian Phoenicia [MAP], Mnday, 22 September 27 CE]

C. To Syrian Phoenicia[MAP]; Gentile Woman's Faith (7:24-30; Mt 15:21-28)

24From there He got up and went into the region of Tyre[MAP] and Sidon[MAP]. He entered a house there, but didn’t want anyone to know it; but He couldn’t escape their notice. 25Instead, having heard of Him, a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit, came and fell down at His feet. 26Now the woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth. She begged him to drive the demon out of her daughter. 27But Yeshua said to her, “Let the children be satisfied first, because it isn’t appropriate to take the children’s food and throw it to the pet puppies.”[27]

28But she answered Him, “Yes, Sir. But even the pet puppies under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”

29He said to her, “Because of your answer, go on your way. The demon has gone out of your daughter.”

30She went home and found her child lying on the bed with the demon gone.

[Western Decapolis [MAP], Tuesday, 23 September 27 CE]

D. To the Region of the Decapolis (7:31-8:9)

1. Yeshua Heals a Deaf Man (7:31-37)

31Having left the region He went by way of Sidon and traveled to the Sea of Galilee to the region of Decapolis. 32They brought Him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and begged Him to lay his hand on him. 33He took him aside from the crowd privately. Putting His fingers into the man’s ears, and after spitting He touched the man’s tongue. 34Looking up toward heaven, He sighed deeply and said to him, “Ephphatha!” that is, “Be opened!” 35Immediately his ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed, and he began to speak clearly. 36He instructed them to tell no one, but the more he instructed them, the more widely they proclaimed it. 37They were utterly astonished, saying, “He has done everything well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak!”

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 2. That is ceremonially “unclean” because they had not performed the complex hand-washing ritual that their Takanot required. [BACK]

 7. Isaiah 29:13. [BACK]

10a. Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16. [BACK]

10b. Exodus 21:17; Leviticus 20:9. [BACK]

11. Corban is a Hebrew word for an offering devoted to God. Once dedicated, it can never be used for any other purpose. [BACK]

19. “All food” is not the same as “everything.” Only “clean” animals (Lev 11:1-42) are “food.” Pork, shellfish, camel, etc. are not “food.” For an extended discussion see “Clean vs. Unclean Animals.”  [BACK]

21. “Heart” is not referring to the blood pump, but rather to the innermost being, the “decision-maker” if you will. [BACK]

27. Matt 15:26.  Pet puppies: Greek κυναρίοις (kynariois), a little dog, a house dog, a puppy, therefore a pet; a diminutive (the state or quality of being familiarly known, lovable) of 2965 kýōn ("dog"). Yeshua absolutely was not calling this woman a dog! He would never have done something so cruel. He was speaking in the terms that He knew everyone standing around were thinking. He was reminding her (and them) that the proper order of thing was to feed the children (Israelites) first, and then the puppies (beloved Gentiles) would be fed later. This was a lesson for their benefit. [BACK]

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