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>The Children’s Bread

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A Canaanite woman … came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession.” … He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” – Matthew 15:22, 26

A foreigner asked Jesus for healing. Jesus initially resisted by saying food belongs to the family.

Ignoring the controversy over the way he addressed her and why, notice Jesus equated deliverance and healing to food that a father provides to his children.

There can be extenuating circumstances1 but we need to see that God considers our health and well being as not just important but essential as food on the table, and the Lord’s Prayer request for “our daily bread” for more than just something to eat.

– fritz


1 – Paul’s thorn in the flesh, 2nd Corinthians 12:7

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“Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.” – Jesus (Matthew 15:11)

Jesus’ followers were criticized for what they ate, but Jesus said what goes into the mouth is not as important as what comes out.

“[T]hose things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.” – Jesus (Matthew 15:18)

The old saying is, “What’s in the well of the heart comes out through the bucket of the mouth.”

Want to know what is really in your heart? Listen to what you say in your unguarded moments.

BTW – Jesus changes hearts for the asking.

– fritz

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>Honoring Mom and Dad

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“God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ … But you say that if a man says … ‘Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is a gift devoted to God,’ he is not to ‘honor his father’ with it” – Jesus (Matthew 15:4-6a NIV)

Jesus’ view of keeping the 5th Commandment is not just saying, “Sir” and “Ma’am”, it includes taking care of them financially in their old age.

The Pharasees got around this, in their own minds, by saying all they had belonged to God and couldn’t be used for others.

Using religious technicalities and excuses for furthering one’s own agenda may fool some who don’t think it through, but it certainly doesn’t fool God, and he’s the one who gives us breath.1

God is interested in people, not religious pretexts.

– fritz

1 – Acts 17:25

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