8/11/2014

fish on!

Saturday August 23rd, Matthew 15: 25 The woman came and knelt before him. "Lord, help me!" she said. 26 He replied, "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs."  27 "Yes, Lord," she said, "but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table." 28 Then Jesus answered, "Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.  Not yet!!!!  Jesus Makes the bait a bit more attractive, it is not right that you, a dog, a bitch, should get anything from the kingdom, it is only for those who are clean.  The disciples are saying in their heads, Yahhhh! Jesus you tell her, now you are finally getting it right.  Who does she think she is, this foreigner, this pagan, this dog………  Her response, even the dogs get the crumbs, even the undeserving is saved by grace is exactly what the kingdom is all about.  NOW!!!!!!          Pull up Now!!!!!….. And Jesus sets the hook. The disciples are caught in their own narrow kingdom view.  As Jesus reels them in, he emphasizes the point.  Woman, you have great faith.  In contrast to Peters little faith doubting statement, IF, then let me walk on the water like the gods do.  This dirty dog, this unclean, common, foreign, pagan, woman, gets the kingdom.  Great is her faith, healed is her daughter, and a little sorer and wiser are the disciples.  The Kingdom is like…….   

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