Monday, September 10, 2012
She wasn’t a Jew. He said He was sent to the Jews:
And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. (Matthew 15:22-24 KJV)
That didn’t stop her, but He was adamant:
Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. (Matthew 15:25-26 KJV)
She loved her daughter, knew what He had done, was certain what He could do, so she talked back to Him:
And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. (Matthew 15:27 KJV)
She did not demand based on being God’s creation. She did not bemoan being left out of God’s chosen people. She accepted what she was not, and was firm in knowing what could be done.
Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour. (Matthew 15:28 KJV)
We can have that same substance of things hoped for. We can accept evidence of things unseen. We can even talk back and repeat to Him the words He gave to us through Peter in Acts 10:
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: (Acts 10:34 KJV)
Peter knew where Jesus was sent and he knew who God would accept:
But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) (Acts 10:35-36 KJV)
Acts 10 is a glorious revelation to all mankind. Perhaps we, too, felt that God was not for us. Felt that He was only for those He chose, others were to be left out. Jesus with this Canaanite mother and Peter with Cornelius prove that thought wrong. God is no respecter of persons. It was God who inspired these words from Peter, written by Luke:
And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. (Acts 10:42-43 KJV)
I am among the whosoever. Are you?