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September 29 - Morning

Jesus did not answer a word.
So his disciples came to him and urged him,
“Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”
He answered, “I was sent only to the
lost sheep of Israel.”
The woman came and knelt before him.
 “Lord, help me!” she said.
He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s
bread and toss it to the dogs.”
“Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table."
 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” 
And her daughter was healed at that moment.

- Matthew 15:23-28

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
The Children's Bread Goes to the Dogs    

By the time we read Matthew 15 Jesus is in his 3rd year of ministry and has just left Galilee to
enter Phoenicia, a land of the Gentiles. Just before he left Israel he had fed  5,000 Jews with
the five loaves. These Jews then rejected him as the bread of life as recorded in John 6.

“At this the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”
– John 6:41-42

With this Jesus “withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon.” (Matthew 15:21) There in the Gentile
land a Canaanite woman, a descendent of the ancient Canaanite people who were driven out of the land of Israel by Joshua. This Canaanite woman addresses Jesus as “Lord” and “Son of David!”
This is simply amazing because it indicates that she understood some basic Jewish theology and recognized Jesus as the descendent of David who would be the Messiah. The theme of Matthew’s entire gospel is to present Jesus as the Messiah, the son of David, to the Jewish people. Here, Matthew is “amazed” that she already knows this and he indicates it by using the word “behold” to
begin verse 22 of chapter 15.

As the woman follows Jesus and his disciples crying out for help she is ignored. Jesus does not respond to her cries for help to heal her daughter. Jesus does not answer a word. The disciples eventually ask Jesus to tell her to leave since she continues to follow them while crying for help.

Jesus tells his disciples, loud enough for the woman to hear, that he was only sent to Israel
and not to the Gentiles. With this the woman falls on her knees still calling him Lord and
continues to beg for help. Jesus then addresses the woman directly and tells her:

            “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”

In this scenario Israel are the children and Jesus is their bread. Here, once again, Jesus is referring
to himself as “the bread of life” with in a couple of days of having been rejected as “the bread of life”
by Israel, or “the children.”

The woman responds to Jesus’ apparently rude comment (that she was merely a Gentile dog
when compared to the children of Israel) by building on Jesus' illustration of “the children’s bread”
and “the dogs” by saying:

            “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”

With those words the woman simply confirmed to Jesus that she understood the truth of his illustration. Indeed, she was “the dog” in his illustration and would gladly settle for whatever
“crumbs” the children, or Israel, had rejected and pushed off the Master’s (Lord’s) table onto
the floor. Israel had just a few days before rejected Jesus as the bread of life. Now, Jesus
had crossed the border of Israel and was in Phoenicia. Indeed, the Bread of Life had come to
the Gentile dogs. The Canaanite woman was simply saying, “Sure, I’ll take the crumbs from
the bread of life that Israel has rejected. Thank you!”

Jesus was pleased with her response. Her understanding of the truth had given her great faith.
And, that great faith demanded a response from the Lord. The Canaanite woman’s daughter was healed instantly!

  Christian Quote from Church History

"The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route
to spiritual perfection. And
we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others.
Nothing less than a
whole Bible can make
a whole Christian."

– A.W. Tozer





Something to Ponder??
In 1776 3% of American church members
were Methodist.
In 1850 34% were Methodist.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Davar (Hb) - Word (Eng) - Davar means "word" or "speech." As a noun it is also
translated as "command" or "deed." As a verb it can mean "to promise" or "to command."
God gave words, or devarim (the plural of davar, notice the -im ending to make davar plural)
to Israel so that they would have life. God's words are like the act itself and so his
words are prophetic in their nature because they will be done as they were spoken.
  The Merneptah Stele in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo contains a Hieroglyphic inscription referring to Israel from 1210-1205 BC. A newly discovered inscription identifying "Israel" has been identified in the Berlin Museum on a piece of Granite from an ancient pedestal of an Egyptian statue from around 1380 BC.
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Great faith comes from great understanding?
I will continue to commit to learning and understanding,
and then focus on believing and applying what I understand and know to be true.
  " Discipline your children, and they will give you peace;
    they will bring you the delights you desire."
- Proverbs 29:17
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Nehemiah 5 Luke 21 Nehemiah 11-12
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Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
Ask God to show
you habits and practices and values that need to change
Discernment Unemployment Palestine - Palestinian Christians who feel isolated and rejected
by Jews, Muslims,
and the West
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This is a one of the remaining tombs with a rolling stone.
This tomb is north by Galilee. (click on image for larger size)
A chart comparing the variety of theological views of the millennium. (click on image for larger size)
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