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                         "THE GOSPEL OF MARK"

                             Chapter Seven

Religious leaders from Jerusalem took issue with Jesus' disciples'
failure to observe certain traditions, which led Jesus to warn against
the danger of traditions and what causes true moral defilement (1-23). 
After a quick trip to the region of Tyre and Sidon where He healed a
Syro-Phoenician woman's daughter (24-30), Jesus made His way through
the region of Decapolis to the Sea of Galilee where He healed a
deaf-mute (31-37).


   *  The danger of traditions and vain worship

   *  That which causes true moral defilement


1) What are the main points of this chapter?
   - Debate over tradition and moral defilement - Mk 7:1-23
   - Jesus heals a Syro-Phoenician woman's daughter - Mk 7:24-30
   - Jesus heals a deaf-mute - Mk 7:31

2) What tradition of the elders had Jesus' disciples transgressed? (1-5)
   - Eating with unwashed hands

3) According to Jesus, when do traditions of men become wrong? (6-13)
   - When one teaches as doctrine (that which is binding) a commandment
     of men 
   - When one keeps a tradition of man instead of a commandment of God

4) When does worship become vain? (7)
   - When worship is based on the teachings of men rather than of God

5) What constitutes true moral defilement? (14-23)
   - That which comes out of the mouth, i.e., evil thoughts and deeds
     from the heart

6) What moved Jesus to grant the Syro-Phoenician woman's request? (26-29)
   - Saying little dogs eat the children's crumbs; also, her great faith
     - cf. Mt 15:28

7) How did Jesus heal the deaf-mute? (33-34)
   - Put His fingers in his ears, spat and touched his tongue, saying
     "Be opened."

8) After healing the deaf-mute, what did Jesus command?  Did they heed?
   - That they should tell no one
   - No, the more He commanded them, the more widely they proclaimed it

9) What did those who were astonished say about Jesus? (37)
   - "He has done all things well."
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