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January 23rd

The Faith of a Gentile Woman
Matthew 15: 21 Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Gentile[e] woman who lived there came to him, pleading, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! For my daughter is possessed by a demon that torments her severely.”
23 But Jesus gave her no reply, not even a word. Then his disciples urged him to send her away. “Tell her to go away,” they said. “She is bothering us with all her begging.”
24 Then Jesus said to the woman, “I was sent only to help God’s lost sheep—the people of Israel.”
25 But she came and worshiped him, pleading again, “Lord, help me!”
26 Jesus responded, “It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”
27 She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even dogs are allowed to eat the scraps that fall beneath their masters’ table.”
28 “Dear woman,” Jesus said to her, “your faith is great. Your request is granted.” And her daughter was instantly healed.

Jesus gets an urgent request from a Gentile woman to heal her daughter from demon possession. Jesus doesn’t even answer her at first and when he does he calls her a dog, an insult some Jews used for Gentiles. The woman answers Jesus, showing her faith in him and then Jesus calls her a “dear woman”, which is certainly a kind manner to speak with her. Jesus knows the hearts of people… he knew this Gentile woman was faithful and not really a dog. Once again Jesus shows tough love, but helps the woman’s daughter.

Genesis 46:1-47:31

What I have learned in today’s reading is this, God can come along, change my name after I wrestle with Him, and prevail; however, afterwards, I may act like a “Jacob” but He, God, will still call me Israel. God is a God of His Word even though I may not be a woman of my word.

SO ISRAEL made his journey with all that he had and came to Beersheba [a place hallowed by sacred memories] and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. [Gen. 21:33; 26:23-25.] And God spoke to Israel in visions of the night, and said, Jacob! Jacob! And he said, Here am I. And He said, I am God, the God of your father; do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will there make of you a great nation.
(Genesis 46:1-3 AMP)

I can be given a promise and after having waited and waited for it to be fulfilled, afraid that I will die before I see it happen, God will always come back to confirm His Word while He comforts me with these words, “Do not be afraid” (46:3). God will fulfill His promises in the environment He has chosen and in the “nation” He decides.

I like Joseph's business sense. He had a hard position but yet he saved people's lives and kept them from starving. Also Jesus..I loved the boldness of Christ. He didn't worry with the nay sayers. He kept perfect peace. Love it. I love Psalm 119! So pretty and yes I love songs evangelizing me!!

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