April 28th, 2020

Good morning dear people. In Psalm 94 the psalmist praises “the God who avenges, O God who avenges, shone forth.” “Rise up O judge of the earth; pay back to the proud what they deserve.” The psalmist wants those judged who harm the righteous. However, “blessed is the man You discipline O Lord, the man you teach from your Law.” In Ezekiel 13 God had Ezekiel speak out against the false prophets who say peace when there is no peace. God also condemns the “daughters of Ezekiel’s people,” (God does not refer to them as daughters of Jerusalem), who practice divination to the harm of the righteous. Then we come to Matthew 15. Here we have the controversy over clean and unclean foods. Jesus says it is not what you eat that makes one unclean but what comes out of your mouth that shows where your heart is. Then we have Jesus explaining this to Peter which with the story of the Canaanite woman, we see a parallel in Acts 10. After Jesus explains to Peter about foods Jesus goes outside Israel and a Canaanite woman approaches asking Him to heal here daughter. Jesus tells her He was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel and in response she kneels before Him and calls Him, Lord. He compares gentiles to dogs not deserving the children’s bread. Her wise response is that even the dogs get the crumbs from the master’s table. Her daughter is healed because of her faith. All must come in faith on Jesus’ terms only. God bless you all.