Who Let the Dogs In?
based on Matthew 15:10-28
by Rev. Randy Quinn
donít know about you, but this is one of those
passages of scripture that I find difficult to read, let alone to
understand. And the more I have studied it and researched it, the more
difficult it has become.
reminds me of the woman who was in a Bible Study several years ago.
When she read the story of Tamar in Genesis 38, she shrieked as she
slammed her Bible shut, ďWho put that in my Bible?!Ē (Iíll let you look
it up and see what was so offensive.
One part of
todayís text in particular is difficult for me to hear. You all know
the derogatory way the name of a female dog is used to speak about
another person? Jesus essentially says that to this woman Ė simply
because she is not one of Godís chosen people (Mt. 15:24, 26). If that
doesnít offend you at some level, then maybe you didnít hear me. Jesus
is calling her a name Ė a derogatory name based on the commonly used
word for a female dog. Itís a word I wonít even say in church.
I guess the
best thing that can be said about his response is that the first time
she spoke to him, Jesus kept silent Ė as in ďif you canít say anything
nice, donít say anything at allĒ (Mt. 15:23).
grandmother would have been proud (with intended sarcasm).
know about you, but that picture of Jesus is foreign to me.
there were cultural and religious boundaries. Jesus undoubtedly knew
about those when he chose to go into the region of Sidon and Tyre. This
was foreign territory. He should expect to see foreigners there.
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