Ligon Duncan delivered a message from Mark 7:24–30 at The Gospel Coalition’s 2019 National Conference titled “A Pagan Woman Who Understands Grace.” In his message, Duncan addressed what the passage teaches about Jesus’s mission and what the Syrophoenician woman’s response teaches about his person.

The response of the disciples, and even Jesus’s own words in response to the woman pleading with him for mercy, are shocking to say the least. Yet after further review, the interchange reveals a pagan woman who understood grace in a way that even Jesus’s own followers did not—and it offers us the opportunity to do the same. 

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