Read Mathew 15 – Jesus, Jesus, Jesus…. What a wonderful name. Today, we get to walking with him on the lakeshore…. We get to watch as he takes no bologna off the Pharisees over hand washing, and teaching us what he meant in the exchange. (:1-9)
Jesus gave them (us) courage to offend the Pharisees (false teachers) by shedding this light on them. “It’s not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out; this defiles a person. ” :11 And regarding these hypocrites he says, “Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into the pit.” :14
The passage with the Canaanite woman is amazing whenever one is feeling insignificant. :21-28 She has been made to feel insignificant by society and Jesus kind of lets that play out. But she doesn’t let go. She reminds him that even the dogs get the crumbs that fall to the floor…. With Jesus, even a crumb is more than enough! And Jesus answers, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done as you desire.” :28
We walk with Jesus beside the Sea of Galilee, and up a hillside as he teaches and heals people for three days. Then he feeds them by once again giving thanks for the seven loaves of bread and a few fish. Gratitude can turn not enough into plenty with Jesus.
Beloved, what do you need to seek Jesus over today? Will you carve out some quiet time to be with him?