Jesus’ Primary Mission: Part 4 of 16 – Rightly Dividing The Word Of God

Matthew 15:21-24

“Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL.”

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In Part 3 we saw that, in His first coming, Jesus was sent to minister to THE LOST SHEEP OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL, not that it was His only reason, but it was #1.  This is critical to understand if you’re serious about learning how to rightly divide.  It’s also important to know that, though all of scripture is profitable “FOR US,” not all of it was written “TO US.”  Think of it this way:  If you overheard your boss correcting a coworker, you would understand that he is not speaking “TO YOU” yet what is said can be of benefit “FOR YOU.”

It was only AFTER Israel rejected Jesus that God turned away from them back to the Gentiles.  He brought salvation to the entire world, which had been His intention from the very beginning.  By turning AWAY from Israel, temporarily, and turning TO the Gentiles, His hope was to provoke Israel to jealousy so that she would return and seek Her Messiah.

The Canaanite Woman.

The story of the Canaanite woman below so clearly demonstrates Jesus’ primary mission.  Remember her?  This was the woman who’s daughter was demon possessed.  She had come to Jesus pretending to be a Jew, calling Him “Jesus, Son of David.”  However, this is a phrase that only Jewish people can use, being children of Abraham.  She called Him that thinking that if she pretended to be a Jew, Jesus would deliver her daughter.  But no one can pretend before Jesus.  He knew who she was and said to her, “I was not sent except TO THE LOST SHEEP OF ISRAEL.”

Ouch!

He also said to her, “Let the CHILDREN FIRST BE FED,” children meaning the Jews.  But…..”Then she came, fell at His feet, and worshiped Him, saying, ‘LORD HELP ME!”

Wonderful things happen when you humble yourself and fall at Jesus’ feet.  It touches His heart!  You see, she knew Who He was.  She knew His heart of loving kindness.  Even though His response to her was, “It is not good to take the CHILDREN’S BREAD (healing) and throw it to the little dogs.”  But she responded,  “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs (puppies) eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.’ Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, GREAT IS YOUR FAITH! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.'”(Matthew 15:24-28)

As soon as she stopped pretending, humbled herself and took her place, everything changed!  Jesus’ responded to her in that way to test and see if she had indeed stopped pretending .  I have no doubt He was smiling at her, amazed by her faith and humility.  He was really impressed!

Bear in mind, she was a Gentile.  Beyond that, she was also a Canaanite from that cursed race of the Old Testament!  But she got her miracle.  Isn’t Jesus wonderful?  He healed her daughter, even though it wasn’t time yet to deal with the Gentiles!

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His Father had specifically sent Him to earth to fulfill all the promises that had been made to the fathers, meaning those of the Jewish people.  This Gentile woman’s faith, however, captured both His attention and, above all, His heart.  That is why He gladly granted her request and gave her the miracle for which she had come seeking.

Can you imagine what the Jewish people were thinking?  Bet more than a few were jealous!  But THAT’S MY GOD!!!  That’s an amazing story.

This woman came to Jesus went ahead of her dispensation her faith, meaning it was not time for God to deal with Gentiles yet.  Yes, the time would soon come when God would begin reaching out to them, just not yet.   He had not yet shed His blood.  There was still much to do in ministering to His earthly family; the Jews.  But because of His heart of love for this woman who so humbled herself, He went ahead to her dispensation and pulled that blessing back just for her because a woman of faith has spoken.

Please continue on to part 5 to see how, but more importantly WHY, Jesus’ ministry quite suddenly changed.

https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/05/07/a-fundamental-change-in-jesus-ministry-part-5-of-16-rightly-dividing-the-word-of-god/

 

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