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olegramps Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-18-09 08:27 AM
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13. Your interpretation is not correct.
"I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."

This is a statement that is in reality a question answering his disciples who think that He has been sent to only serve Jews. This is a lesson for his disciples and he will by healing the woman's child there by demonstrating that he has come to administer to all people.

25 But the woman came and did him homage, saying, "Lord, help me."

26 He said in reply, "It is not right to take the food of the children 11 and throw it to the dogs."

This is an allusion to the old Testament of throwing pearls before swine. The Jews held that they were the chosen people of God and they alone were worthy of God's promise. Jesus totally destroys this myth. This is what sets Jesus apart from his contemporaries. They believe that the promised Messiah will establish Israel as the super nation. Jesus actually fortells the destruction of the temple and the annihilation of Israel.

27 She said, "Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters."

This is only an affirmation of how Jews viewed gentiles. A concept that Jesus rejects by his ministry to all people and most especially women. In his day such a woman would be regarded as being brazen to even approach a man and dare to discuss issues with him.

28 Then Jesus said to her in reply, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish." And her daughter was cured in that hour.

He demonstrates that not only Jews can have faith and the sole chosen people and that his ministry is to all mankind and not restricted to Jews as his disciples have incorrectly assumed.

I don't intent to be argumentative but this is the interpretation of those who have studied the Testaments in depth. You have to realize he is making reference to Old Testament writings in order to make his intentions clear. By the way I regard myself to be an agnostic, however, I do appreciate Jesus' teachings.
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