Saturday, November 03, 2007

People Commended by Christ

22And, 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.
23But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
24But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
25Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
26But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.
27And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.
28Then 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 15:22-29, King James Version

Who were the people commended by Christ? Were they religious leaders, rulers, wealthy, important people in their synagogue? Jesus Christ was an affront to the religious leaders of His day; they expected a king who would surely give the greatest honor to them for their devout religious practices.

In the passage shown above, we are told of a Samaritan woman who approached Jesus on behalf of her daughter who was demon possessed. Jesus seemingly ignored her; Jews were not to have anything to do with Samaritans. Because of her persistence, He finally said to her, I am only sent to the lost sheep of Israel; in her great adoration and faith in Him she knew that even the "crumbs cast to the dogs under the table" were enough. He alone could save her daughter.

Look at the conclusion in verse 28: 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.

What do we need to do to be a part of the people commended by Christ? We need to cast ourselves totally upon His care; He alone can save us from eternal death. His commendation assures a place in eternity with Him forever.

Whose commendation do you desire? Pray that your life would be totally surrendered to the will of Christ.

God Bless You,
Linda

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