My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Matthew 15

A new idea of cleanliness

They asked "Why don't you follow the traditions?", to which Jesus answered, "Why do you break the law because of your traditions." Take that. They allowed people to reject their parents if it allows them to give money to their temple.

It's what goes out, not in, that makes you dirty and sinful. Jesus didn't mind offending the Pharisees because they were already condemned.

Later, a gentile woman chased Jesus wanting to be healed. Jesus said he had only come for Jews, but the woman was persistent, so Jesus healed her.

After teaching and healing 4000 people for three days, Jesus fed them by against multiplying food.

Key verse:
11. What goes into a man's mouth does not make him 'unclean,' but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him 'unclean.'

My thoughts:
Jesus seems the least keen on the rules of cleanliness. He touches lepers, and pulls out calls like this. It sets the stage for Peter's vision in Acts 10.

I've heard this story of the Gentile woman used to both confirm that Jesus had interest in all people, and to confirm that Jesus came only for Israel. I'd say that at this stage, he is only there for Israel, but post-resurrection his message is to span the globe.

So the feeding of 4000 is kinda similar to the feeding of the 5000. Theoretically they could be the same event. We just don't know.

Jesus seems to be believe in predestination. At least in this chapter...


Anonymous Mark said...

Maybe I'm reading it wrong or something, but the bit with the Gentile woman makes Jesus seem pretty nasty: "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs"....

2:27 pm

Blogger Pete W said...

Yes! It is! Jesus makes is quite clear that he is not keen to minister to the Gentiles (at this stage).

I don't completely understand it myself to be honest...

10:07 pm


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