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Mid Week Thoughts for Sunday August 17th, 2014 

Friends,

On Sunday we will walk with Jesus along the road to the land of Gentiles and those dreaded Canaanites. Along that journey we will see Jesus encounter “the other”. Watch carefully:

Matthew 15:21-28

21 Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, ‘Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.’ 23But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, ‘Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.’ 24He answered, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ 25But she came and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, help me.’ 26He answered, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ 27She said, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.’ 28Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed instantly.

 

What do you make of Jesus actions and reactions to this woman? The Canaanites were clearly not friends with the Jews, hence part of Jesus reaction. Who are your Canaanites? Who do have trouble responding to with mercy and grace (go ahead, you can name them out loud, no one is listening)? How do you overcome that struggle and treat them like the child of God they are?

See you Sunday,

P. Tedd  

 

Have a thought, comment or answer to the above questions?  Feel free to let Pastor Tedd know at: newlifepastor@frontiernet.net.  He will be sure to reply.