(14-23) What Defiles a Person
Nearly everything that Jesus the Christ said was revolutionary. Never before had the Pharisees or the people been told that breaking man-established rituals (such as washing hands and abstaining from “unclean” foods) did not defile them. By saying that a person is defiled by what goes out and not by what comes in, Jesus declared all foods clean. He made the case against keeping rules and laws which could not bring salvation.
(24-30) The Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith
Wherever Jesus went when He was here on earth, He could not be hidden. Even when He needed rest or desired time alone, He always managed to touch a person or change a life. If Christ is truly living inside of us, He cannot do anything but shine through us. We cannot hide Him. We should leave people better than we found them.
(31-37) Jesus Heals a Deaf Man
Jesus did all things well back then, and He does all things well now. Jesus the Christ always does all things well. When Christ acts on behalf of His creation, He never gives us half-baked, less-than-perfect work. When He made the world, He made it good. When God sent us a Savior, He sent us His very best. Our work should be a reflection of the quality of God.
Favorite verse: (37) And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”