FRIDAY (3/12/21)

Hi, it’s Susan, but not bringing the announcements.

Some random things about me: I love tea, I love routine, alleys, and tall
tables to sit at. I love visual aides (our house is littered with pictures
of God’s faithful shepherding of us). I’m a 2 on the Enneagram and
understanding this has been an interesting study for me. I’ve spent a lot
of time the past couple years seeing the ways that shame has been used
by satan in my life, and am thankful for the ways that Jesus has made
Himself real to me.

  • Stop and read Matthew 15: 21-28.

This story always makes me shake my head and then smile. I shake my
head at Jesus’ response about the crumbs and the dogs, and then smile
as he acknowledges the faith of this woman that was not esteemed
by most Israelites. Jesus has just left a heated conversation with the
Pharisees and Teachers of the Law where He calls them hypocrites
and blind guides. He heads straight into a territory filled with mostly
Gentiles (any one not Jewish), and is approached by this woman.

Ponder the following questions as you go about your day today:

  • Why do you think Jesus first makes no reply, and then replies so cryptically?
  • How does Jesus’ answer acknowledge that He knew He had a mission to accomplish while He was here on earth?
  • How does the woman’s response demonstrate faith?
  • Why do you think Jesus is so pleased with her faith?
  • In what situation are you being challenged to respond in faith today?