What Did Jesus Do? 6

Matthew 15

For each passage we'll note who Jesus encountered, whether he initiated the contact, what type of interaction he had with them, whether He took direct action to meet human needs (see Matthew 25:35-36 for examples), whether His "do-ing" was miraculous, and any commands He gave. (See the introduction page for this series for more detail.)

His response to the Pharisees is confrontational; is this likely to win them over, or to alienate them further? Are the Pharisees among the lost that He was sent to seek and to save? Has He written them off as being beyond redemption [12-14]?

Jesus did a lot of traveling. Was He seeking crowds, or was He trying to avoid them? What did He do when he encountered them? Are there any clues about whether He healed people one-by-one, or organized group healings?

Passage Persons Initiate?TypeDirect?Miraculous?Commands
Matthew 15:1-9 Pharisees N Rebuke N N none
Matthew 15:10-11Crowd Y TeachingN N Listen
Matthew 15:12-20Disciples N TeachingN N ignore Pharisees
Matthew 15:21-28Canaanite woman Y Healing Y Y none
Matthew 15:29-31Crowd N Healing Y Y none
Matthew 15:32-34Disciples Y InstructingN N none
Matthew 15:35-39Crowd Y Feeding Y Y sit down

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