In “Defilement and Miracles,” Jesus addresses a multitude and explains that external things do not defile a person. Rather, evil comes from within. He emphasizes that what enters the body is eliminated, purifying all foods. Evil thoughts, actions, and intentions originate from the heart and are what truly defiles a person.
Jesus then travels to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Greek woman approaches him seeking help for her daughter possessed by an unclean spirit. Initially, Jesus tells her that it is not right to take the children’s bread and give it to the little dogs. But the woman humbly says that even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs. Impressed by her faith, Jesus grants her request, and the demon leaves her daughter.
Jesus then travels to the region of Decapolis, where a deaf man with a speech impediment is brought to him. Jesus heals the man by touching his ears and tongue, and the people marvel at his miraculous abilities.