Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Sent for the Lost Sheep

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

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."

He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel."

The woman came and knelt before him. "Lord, help me!" she said.

He replied, "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs."

"Yes, Lord," she said, "but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table."

Then Jesus answered, "Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

MATTHEW 15:21-28

Jesus was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel! How come I've never notice this line in the past! Fascinating really, this line seemed to refute the universality of Christ's supposed message of salvation to all humanity!

Having said that, I gladly go for the crumbs that fell from the table. I may not be an Israelite, but Christ has truly captured my heart.

1 comment:

Timothy said...

It's a nice passage, probably the only occasion where Jesus underestimated who he was speaking to (perhaps the other occasion would be in the healing of the centurion's servant).

Keep in mind, though, that towards the end of his ministry he told his followers to extend his teachings to Gentiles.