The Pharisees, The Disciples, Or The Canaanite Woman?

In Matthew 15:

  • The Pharisees accuse. “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders?”
  • The disciples question. “Do you not know that the Pharisees were offended?”
  • A lowly Canaanite woman cries out for mercy. “Lord, help me.”

In Matthew 15:

  • The Pharisees grumble about unwashed hands.
  • The disciples worry about political correctness.
  • The woman begs out of desperation.

In Matthew 15:

  • The Pharisees continue to plot against Jesus.
  • The disciples begin to beg…that Jesus would send the annoying woman away.
  • The woman kneels in front of Jesus.

In Matthew 15:

  • The Pharisees are hardened by their pride.
  • The disciples are blinded by their prejudice.
  • The woman is undaunted by the obstacles.

In Matthew 15:

  • Jesus condemns the Pharisees as a fulfillment of prophecy: “You hypocrites!”
  • Jesus asks his disciples, “Do you still not understand?”
  • Jesus praises the woman, “Great is your faith!”

Which of the three have you been most like in recent days?

About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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