Prejudices Abound

Prejudices Abound

21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”

23 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.”

24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”

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 the dogs.”

27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”

28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment. Matthew 15:21-28

We see in this story the disciples’ initial prejudice against this Canaanite woman, a non-Jew. Jesus was healing people all day every day but she should be sent away?

I believe Jesus was ultimately proving a point when He sis that He was ‘sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.’ They would have agreed and cheered on this comment.

He took the point further by referring to her as a dog, something the Jews believed about the Gentiles. Again, they would have applauded His words because they felt the same way.

Then the twist came, “Woman, you have great faith!”

It’s like being in a cafeteria and hearing a glass fall to the ground, bounce around a bit, and then break. At the first hit of the glass to the floor, the room quiets and listens. People actually cheer when the glass doesn’t break.

Much of that is speculation on my part but it certainly fits the text.

The important part of the story is when He told her that her daughter was healed and they she had great faith in a Jewish man she had never met before.

American society is experiencing upheaval in the area of prejudices based on skin color and beliefs. In fact, elements within society are misusing protests as a means of destroying businesses and cultural memorials. They hate, hurt, and hunt down those who disagree with them. They are not protesters in any true sense of the word but thugs, rioters, and cowards who hide behind slogans and guns.

Unfortunately, they have willing accomplices in the media (who ignore their actions).

Politicians abet their atrocities by saying they’re peaceful and exhibit no violence whatsoever, that is, until polls were finally showing it was hurting their chances in the upcoming November elections.

Today as you go into prayer, pray for peace.

Pray for wisdom for those in leadership.

Pray also for justice for those businesses and lives that have been destroyed as a result of this armed movement.

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