Jesus: Mean and Rude?!

Passage:Mark 7:24-36

Preacher: Ben Phillips

In this passage of Mark 7 we find Jesus in the city of Tyre and saying some things that sound rather "un-Jesus-like" of him. When confronted with a request by a needy woman he seems to turn her away. To understand what is happening in this encounter we must look at the covenant context of Jesus' ministry, we need to see the context of this encounter in the flow of Mark's narrative, and we need to see it as profoundly shaping our understanding of God and the Church's mission.