Going to the Dogs
This is Pastor Marnie Leinberger’s sermon from Sunday, September 6, 2015. The scripture Mark 7:24-37. In our service we read from the New Revised Standard Version and from The Message, a modern interpretation by Eugene Peterson. We read both with the hope that our understanding will be enriched.
This is from The Message:
24From there Jesus set out for the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house there where he didn’t think he would be found, but he couldn’t escape notice.25 He was barely inside when a woman who had a disturbed daughter heard where he was. She came and knelt at his feet, begging for help. 26The woman was Greek, Syro-Phoenician by birth. She asked him to cure her daughter. 27 He said, “Stand in line and take your turn. The children get fed first. If there’s any left over, the dogs get it.” 28 She said, “Of course, Master. But don’t dogs under the table get scraps dropped by the children?” 29Jesus was impressed. “You’re right! On your way! Your daughter is no longer disturbed. The demonic affliction is gone.” 30She went home and found her daughter relaxed on the bed, the torment gone for good. 31Then he left the region of Tyre, went through Sidon back to Galilee Lake and over to the district of the Ten Towns. 32Some people brought a man who could neither hear nor speak and asked Jesus to lay a healing hand on him. 33He took the man off by himself, put his fingers in the man’s ears and some spit on the man’s tongue. 34Then Jesus looked up in prayer, groaned mightily, and commanded, “Ephphatha!—Open up!” 35And it happened. The man’s hearing was clear and his speech plain—just like that. 36Jesus urged them to keep it quiet, but they talked it up all the more, beside themselves with excitement. 37“He’s done it all and done it well. He gives hearing to the deaf, speech to the speechless.”
The New Revised Standard Version can be found here.