Matthew 15 (NIV)
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.
Hello Haydar Husayn,
Just like it is possible that you read a passage in the Quran and learn a lesson important to you from reading it, so I, a Christian Gentile lady, read this passage and learn a very important lesson!
Sad to say, just like how it is possible that a Non Muslim reads a passage in the Quran and does not understand it, so I have to say that you, a Muslim, obviously do not understand this passage.
So, below is a summary of what I personally learn from this passage.
First of all, i relate to the Canaanite woman. Why? I am a Gentile. She was too.
Secondly, I came to Jesus in faith, recognizing him as Lord (Master). She did too.
Ok, so let's get down to what you think is so "charming" (sarcasm?)
1. Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, the offspring who God promised King David would be on David's throne forever (2 Samuel 7, 1 Chronicles 17, Psalm 2, Psalm 89) He is therefore a Jewish man (descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are nowadays called Jews) and was sent obviously to the lost sheep of Israel - the descendants of Israel (Jacob). Jesus stated the truth.
2. Some people who obviously do not understand or treasure what Jesus said and did seem to think that Jesus was insulting the Canaanite woman when he said, "“It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” This statement is true, with doble sentido... double meaning. It is true that it's not right to take bread of children and give it to the dogs. Feeding children are the priority and deserve nice people food. Dogs need to eat too, and it is good to give them food that they like which would not be good for children. So literally, this statement is true. In the allegorical meaning, Jesus is telling the truth as well that he was sent to the children of Israel, and their "bread" includes the miracles God is doing for them through Jesus. Jesus did not go to Greece or Rome or anywhere in the Gentile world (with the exception of going to teach in Samaria, which was Jewish as well as Gentile) in order to heal people. So, in both meanings, Jesus' statement is true.
3. Now, this Canaanite lady could have taken it as an insult (as some people today do) and have just rushed away in anger. However, this lady is very intelligent and witty. Her reply proves she has those qualities, and also proves a more important quality... that she is humble. Now, it is possible that she had not always been humble. It is very possible that she struggled with pride. Many intelligent and witty men and women do struggle with pride. However, she answered with an incredibly intelligent, witty, and humble reply! She did not get offended. She did not insult Jesus. She took his words, digested them, and then revealed the beauty and faith in her heart!
4. I personally believe that Jesus was both testing her and teaching important lessons to future generations, knowing that people would read about her somday. I believe he tested her faith and her humility, knowing already that she would pass the test with flying colors!
5. The important lessons I get out of this conversation are the following:
- Jesus is indeed the Lord (Master), King of on the throne of King David forever - of the children of Israel.
- Jesus' miracles were done mainly among the Jewish people, not to all of the Gentiles surrounding them.
- Jesus tests the faith of people, knowing already how they will react to the tests.
- Jesus appreciates humility, intelligence, and reverence to him.
- I need to make sure to be humble and to use the gifts God has given me for God's glory.
- When tested, I want to pass with flying colors as well, by God's amazing grace!
- Jesus loves all people, and he healed this lady's daughter while at the same time, praising and encouraging her faith! I have personally experieced God saving me through Jesus, and am glad to have faith in him!
So, as a Christian lady, this is what I learn from this passage. People of other beliefs can say "charming" all they want and maybe do not understand the important lessons I personally have learned, but as for me, I praise God for the lessons I learn from what Jesus did and said!!!
Peace and God bless you
Edited by Christianlady, 26 May 2012 - 11:45 AM.