Welcome back to JPCE SPIRITUAL TALK BIBLE STUDIES : Today is Matthew 15 we have 39 verse to cover so like usual let's jump in here and see what we learn today!!! I pray everyone is doing well, "Peace be to you all, Jehovah Shalom!!!
MATTHEW 15: 1-39:
CONFLICT OVER CLEANLINESS, SEE ALSO (MARK 7:1-23)
15:1-20: THE TRADITION OF THE ELDERS, (v. 2): Seems to be referring to the interpretations of the Law by the Jewish teachers!!! Here, Yeshua (Jesus) is refuting their views that ritual purity depends on outward actions: But instead Yeshua (Jesus) is teaching us that it is the state of the HEART (v. 8) that determines a person's purity!!!
15:3-6: Yeshua shows THE COMMANDMENT OF GOD: Cannot and will not be superseded by man's silly religious traditions: True devotion to the Lord our God includes both obedience to His Commandments and service to others-these two like I have stated over and over again can't be separated for any reason, see also (James 2:14-18; 1John 4:7-21):
A GENTILE WITH GREAT FAITH, SEE ALSO (MARK 7:24-30)
15:21-28: THE STORY OF MINISTRY TO THIS GENTILE WOMAN: Is illustrating the Jewish orientation of Matthew's gospel: We can also find this account in (Mark 7:24-30), but see two major differences: (1): Matthew is recording the Lord's words concerning the lost sheep of the house of Israel (v. 24), it seems Mark does not, and (2): Matthew records the woman using the title Son of David, a Jewish term for the Messiah, while Mark does not: Christ goes to Gentile cities not to preach, but to withdraw and stop the faithless Pharisees: Mark confirms this in his gospel, we can read from Mark himself, he wrote "wanted no one to know", He was there, and here, where Christ's says that He was only sent to the house of Israel!!!
15:22: THIS WOMAN SHOWS IMMEASURABLE LOVE- She identifies with the sufferings of her daughter, she cries out 'HAVE MERCY ON ME", for she sees her daughter's well-being as her won and her daughter's sufferings as her own!!!
15:23: CHRIST REFUSES TO ANSWER: Not only because she was a Gentile and His ministry before His Passion is first to the Jews, but to reveal this woman's true and profound faith and love: Many interpretations by early Saints and Church Fathers have been given, on the request of the disciples to "SEND HER AWAY" was an attempt to persuade Yeshua (Jesus) to heal the daughter, as if to say, "Give her what she wants so that she will leave...": Christ's response indicates this interpretation is correct, for He again refuses to heal the daughter...
15:26-28: HAVING EVOKED THIS WOMAN'S LOVE AND PERSISTENT FAITH: Her humility is being revealed!!! She also accepts her place being beneath the Jews, who are the Chosen people of "YAHWEH"- This shows us it's all about our Faith and our Hearts!!!- Her ultimate acceptance by Christ also is pointing to the gathering of Gentiles into the Church after Pentecost, no longer dogs, but as children who are invited to eat the bread of eternal life!!!
MANY MORE HEALINGS, SEE ALSO (MARK 7:31-37)
15:29-31: CHRIST'S HEALING OF THE MULTITUDES: Here is showing us that these Jews actually had less faith than the Canaanite woman (vv. 21-28): Christ healed the woman, "With much delay, but these immediately, because she is more faithful than they":
FEEDING THE FOUR THOUSAND, SEE ALSO (MARK 8:1-9)
15:32-39: THIS SECOND FEEDING OF A MULTITUDE SHOULD NOT BE CONFUSED WITH THE FIRST (MATTHEW 14:22-33) They are two distinct miracles see also, (Matthew 16:8-10): The variance in number of the loaves is important: The first had five loaves, that was symbolizing the Law, the Seven here (v. 34): Seven symbolizes fullness, completeness, and spiritual perfection!!! Christ reveals Himself as fulfilling the Law, while He shows that it is He who grants spiritual perfection!!! These crowds have been with Christ for THREE DAYS, (v. 32), the number of days He would rest in the Tomb after His crucifixion on the Cross: Participation in His perfection can only come through being united to Christ's death, see also (Romans 6:3-5):
READ PEACE WITH THE PSALMS/ HOLY REST PSALM 138
MESSAGE ABOUT JUSTICE:
I THESSALONIANS 4:6-8:
6 that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. 7 For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. 8 Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who[a] has also given us His Holy Spirit.
-We either accept or reject the Kingdom of God, and I know it's hard at times for us to fully understand this!!! But the Lord truly has a plan and what we are seeing is everything falling into place for the Return of our Lord and Savior, Yeshua Hamashiach, Christ our God!!! I always say shun evil and do good and love everyone even our enemies, I don't need justice, because I know it's coming the Great White Throne Judgement!!! The only thing I ask for is that He continues to make me a teacher and preacher of truth, and give me the humility and passion to drive on completing the Mission he has chosen me for!!! With all this said, please seek Him soon start building a relationship with Him now before it truly is too late my brothers and sisters, Repent or Perish!!!
THINGS ARE GETTING VERY INTERETING AROUND THE WORLD- KEEP OUR EYES OPEN TRUST THE LORD AND OURSELVES, TRUST OUR EYES!!!
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