Monday, February 11, 2008

Matthew, chapter 15

1 Then some Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, 2 "Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread."
Whether a religious ritual or not, it would always seem to be a good idea to wash your hands before eating ...
19 "For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders."
Seems like Jesus wasn't an expert in human biology either since the evil thoughts etc come out of the brain, and not the heart.
22 And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, "Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed." 23 But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, "Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us." 24 But He answered and said, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." 25 But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, "Lord, help me!" 26 And He answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." 27 But she said, "Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters' table." 28 Then Jesus said to her, "O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish." And her daughter was healed at once.
This story clearly shows the author's dislike for Gentiles:
  • Jesus ignored the woman's pleas at first
  • The Apostles ask Jesus to send her away because they feel annoyed
  • Jesus says he was only sent to the Jews
  • He compares Gentiles to dogs
  • He only heals the woman's daughter when she acknowledges the superiority of Judaism
34 And Jesus said to them, "How many loaves do you have?" And they said, "Seven, and a few small fish."
The magical/symbolical number SEVEN again.
37 And they all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, seven large baskets full.
And even the left-overs are enough to fill SEVEN large baskets. Random chance? I think not ;)