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As we progress through Mark’s gospel together, one thing we see is that Jesus’ radical teaching often inspired opposition, and sometimes unnatural alliances between His enemies (Mark 3:6). In Mark 7 (v.24) we see Jesus departing the busy activity around the Sea of Galilee, to head north into Gentile territory. Given the distance, this trip was unlikely to have been a quick journey and in this message we ponder on the possible reasons for it, as well as the fruit which came out of it, which may have sowed seeds toward the later gospel explosion from Israel to the ends of the earth!