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Dr Hammer in Germany has scientifically proven the effects of words or emotions on ones brain and body.Jesus says it very plain here and all thru the Bible.Thank you Lord. Al

Matthew 15:1-28

A few notes:

1)Issue of washing hands (a very elaborate ceremony) was not from God's commands, but from the traditions of the elders. The ceremony came from the Mishna and/or Talmud.

[Note: We can read about the ceremony and roll our eyes, and say how "quaint". But the question is: What traditions do I have in my life that keep me from following God's Word?]

2)Jesus points out that the overall issue is not that one who claims to be the Son of God violates their traditions, but their traditions violate God's commands. From the Pharisee prospective - if Jesus is God - which is worse?????

The loophole: The example for getting around supporting one's parents is called "korban" From Chuck Missler and my research, it seems that if you set aside money or provisions for the temple OR in fulfilling a vow to God - the assets will not be used to help parents - and it is OK.

3) The OT quote is from Is 29:13. The issue is God does not have the people's heart. When the Pharisees teach doctrine they are really teaching the rules of men. They do not have a heart for the Lord nor His Word. Jesus labels this "hypocrisy". Greek word is actually rooted in "acting" - playing a role.

I often pray that our Father develop my heart into one that pleases Him, and I am not just playing at Christianity.

4)Peter's request for a parable explanation seems to get Jesus frustrated. Is he frustrated that Peter does not understand, or because Peter does not see this is NOT a parable but a teaching???? or both???

Our tongues may have guile, but eventually they reveal our heart.

Matt 15:1-28 (cont)

Canaanite woman

Jesus is in Lebanon.

What follows is a fulfillment of God's word to Abraham in Gen 22:18. Abraham's descendants will be a blessing to all nations (Gentiles also). We have seen it today with Joseph, and now Jesus.

They have heard of Jesus in Lebanon. But it is one thing to come see a reported healer, and another to acknowledge Him as Lord.

The woman's pleas parallel Judah's conversation with Joseph yesterday, and fit the model of how to approach the Lord.

- Woman acknowledges Jesus: Lord, Son of David

- Woman submits to Jesus' authority: She worships Him in humility. Only God can be worshipped. It was probably in front of other people and in a prostrate position. It is not easy to deny one's family and country tradition of worship to lay before a Jew.

- Her plea is fervent and heartfelt. Lord, "help me".

My recollection is only the centurion and this woman are "great" in faith. The disciples are often said to have "little" faith. The difference I believe is that the centurion and the woman believed without seeing. Jesus says - 'Blessed are those that believe who have not seen.'

Gen 46

A few notes:

1)Jacob seems to be still a mixed bag. Some times he is referred to as Jacob and others as "Israel".

However, Jacob does something interesting here in beginning of Chapter 46. Jacob stops and consults the Lord. Jacob dearly wants to see Joseph, but I believe Jacob remembers the warnings about Egypt and what happened to Abraham on his self-decided visit to Egypt.

God gives Jacob permisson to go to Egypt. something Anbraham never sought, and Isaac avoided in his famine time.

2) Names again. Important for Jewish people because it helped them to trace their lineage within the twelve tribes.

The number varies depending on who is doing the counting and what translation is used. Some people were counted that were not yet born, but in the loins of the fathers.

Moses number of seventy is used to indicate a number of completeness. This is all of God's people.

Gen 47
Joseph - I believe - wanted to keep his family separate from Egypt. Perhaps to prevent trouble like Shecem, but more probably to keep them from the temptations of Egypt ("the world").

Jacob has nothing to give to Pharaoh (the mightiest ruler of the time) except the blessings of the one true God.

Some may think Joseph's treatment of Egyptians was cruel. We have to consider the times:
1) Servitude/slavery of this fashion (one's own people)just put one at debt and under the power of the ruler.
2) Moving the people was probably a logistical move to even the burden in the country and enhance production throughout the country.
3)20% tax seems high, but it is a flat tax. I WISH I was paying only 20% in taxes to my government. I will pay what they require, but a flat tax would be nice.

Jacob ends by remembering God's word and making Joseph vow that he would be buried back home. Joseph agrees.

"and Israel worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff."

A nice picture of Israel (God prevails) worshipping our Lord acknowledging his faith and belief in God's prophecies in Israel's life.

Pslam 19:4 is one of my favourite verse. I pray constantly that the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart is pleasing in God’s sight, because HE is truly my Rock, and my Redeemer. Praise the Lord!

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