Sunday, October 19, 2008

Astonished

October 19: Matthew 15 & Mark 7

21 And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.” 23 But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying out after us.” 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26 And he answered, “It is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs.” 27 She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table.” 28 Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
Matthew 15:21-28

31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32 And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33 And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. 34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, "Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35 And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36 And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
Mark 7:31-37

Astonished

Who needs Jesus? In our Scripture today we find two people who needed Jesus; their circumstances were different, but their needs were the same.

Both Matthew 15 and Mark 7 give the account of the Canaanite woman; but Matthew gives more of the actual conversation between Jesus and the woman. First we see that Jesus ignored her pleas for help, but that did not stop the persistent woman from following him. You see, she was a gentile, but Jesus was sent to the Jews. I think, however, that Jesus was trying to make a point here to his disciples; even during Jesus'ministry there were indications that the salvation He offered would go beyond just the Jewish nation. As she plead for help, Jesus said to her,

“It is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table.” Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

In Mark 7 we are told of the man who was deaf and also had a speech impediment. Again, he knew that only Jesus could help him.

I find it interesting to note, that after Jesus healed the deaf man, he charged all of the people in the crowd to tell no one. How did the people respond?

But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

Who needs Jesus? How astonished are we today? Jesus is everything; nothing good we ever say or do is done apart from Him. Without Christ, we would be nothing; every step we take this day as a Christian is taken with Christ.

Who needs Jesus? Everyone! Pray, today, that you would be astonished at all Christ has done and is doing for you.

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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