Great Faith?

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Matthew 15: 21-29 stands out as one of those passages in scripture where you cannot help but say, “YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME? WHAT WAS JESUS THINKING?”  

A Canaanite women comes and asks Jesus to heal her daughter. Jesus tells her, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and feed it to the dogs.” He is telling her that he came to focus on the lost children of Israel and she is outside his vision.

She responds by saying, “Yes Lord, but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from the masters table." She will not be swayed by the boundaries of Jesus' mission or the reference he makes to her being a dog. If we become offended, we will not get the miracles Jesus desires for us. For that reason, this woman will not be offended. The woman’s daughter was healed. She got her miracle.

The pushy Canaanite woman is desperate in her need. Her beloved daughter is ill and she needs help. So she pushes forward to Jesus. As a pastor, there have been times when I have thought that some “outsiders “ put us insiders to shame with their pushy determination to get close to Jesus. Perhaps the problem lies in our need, or lack of it. Those of us in the church, fairly content with the world, not too desperate, not in too much pain, have not too much desire either. What can Jesus do for us?

Jesus praises the woman for her great faith. What might he say to us?

May Gods' Blessings be upon you this day and always.

Still in One Peace,

David J. Jensen

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