In Matthew, we see a recurring theme: this idea that the intentions of a person are the source of what pleases God, rather than actions being what brings God pleasure. Join us as we continue our study in Matthew 15; here we will learn once more from Jesus’s teachings what it is that pleases God.
Here’s a few examples to get you pointed in the right direction:
V.3 – Deuteronomy 5:16; Leviticus 20:9
There are a lot of times we read scriptures, and use parts of what we read to excuse us from other parts that we don’t like. Other times, we take verses completely out of their context, and reinterpret them for our own ends. Let this passage stand as a reminder to us:
V.8-9 – Isaiah 29:13
V.9 – Colossians 2:20-23 “the appearance of wisdom, but of no value against fleshly indulgence.”
“My father taught me that you can read a hundred books on wisdom and write a hundred books on wisdom; but unless you apply what you learned, then it’s only words on a page. Life is not lived with intentions, but action.”
– Shannon Alder
V.11 – Acts 10:14-15; 1 Timothy 4:3
V.13 – Isaiah 60:21, 61:3; John 15:2; 1 Corinthians 3:9
V.19 – Galatians 5:19
Matthew is very clear throughout his testimony of Jesus’s ministry: Jesus came as the Messiah first for the Jews, then for the world/Gentiles.
This passage can easily be misunderstood to suggest that Gentiles are not as important to God as Israel. However, understanding the context of Jesus’s ministry makes clear that God intends a restored relationship with all humanity; however, Jesus’s earthly ministry was focused on fulfilling promises, and presenting the kingdom of God as it was yet to be fulfilled.
Why would Jesus refuse to heal those who were not Jewish?
In this passage, we saw once again how God provides for those who seek after Him. What’s holding you back from seeking after God desperately?
This reminds us of the wonder of God’s grace! As you’re reading through this passage, consider the compassion of Christ as He provided for the needs of those following after Him.
How do you see God’s provision in your own life. Write down a list, and then take some time to praise God for the active part He is taking in your life right now!