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Read Matthew 15:10-28


Read Matthew 15:10-28

10 Then Jesus called the crowd to him and said to them, “Listen and understand! 11It is not what goes into a person’s mouth that makes him ritually unclean; rather, what comes out of it makes him unclean.”
12 Then the disciples came to him and said, “Do you know that the Pharisees had their feelings hurt by what you said?”
13 “Every plant which my Father in heaven did not plant will be pulled up,” answered Jesus. 14“Don’t worry about them! They are blind leaders of the blind; and when one blind man leads another, both fall into a ditch.”
15 Peter spoke up, “Explain this saying to us.”
16 Jesus said to them, “You are still no more intelligent than the others. 17Don’t you understand? Anything that goes into a person’s mouth goes into his stomach and then on out of his body. 18But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these are the things that make a person ritually unclean. 19For from his heart come the evil ideas which lead him to kill, commit adultery, and do other immoral things; to rob, lie, and slander others. 20These are the things that make a person unclean. But to eat without washing your hands as they say you should—this doesn’t make a person unclean.”
21 Jesus left that place and went off to the territory near the cities of Tyre and Sidon. 22A Canaanite woman who lived in that region came to him. “Son of David!” she cried out. “Have mercy on me, sir! My daughter has a demon and is in a terrible condition.”
23 But Jesus did not say a word to her. His disciples came to him and begged him, “Send her away! She is following us and making all this noise!”
24 Then Jesus replied, “I have been sent only to the lost sheep of the people of Israel.”
25 At this the woman came and fell at his feet. “Help me, sir!” she said.
26 Jesus answered, “It isn’t right to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.”
27 “That’s true, sir,” she answered; “but even the dogs eat the leftovers that fall from their masters’ table.”
28 So Jesus answered her, “You are a woman of great faith! What you want will be done for you.” And at that very moment her daughter was healed.

Think

The first passage makes sense of the second.  The pharisees were not interested in what Jesus said about 'heart religion;' a change of heart that produces positive fruit.  When they reject what Jesus offers a foreign woman asks Jesus to give to the dogs the food that the children refused.

Pray

Lord thank you for sharing your gospel with me.  Help me to share it with others in their hunger.


14 15.14: Lk 6:39
18 15.18: Mt 12:34

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