As one of the "dogs", I give thank for the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
How many times should I have begged for a crumb beneath His table" --
surely not as many as I should have done.
Nice to turn to the New Testament for a change and then to focus on what
our life is all about.
How about more of this from all of us?
Praise the Lord!
> >One gospel example that reinforces this view is the story of the
> >woman who asks for scraps from the table where Jesus was eating. He
> >refuses at first, for she is not a Jew. Her subsequent argument,
> >however, convinces him to change his mind. I see in this a step
> >along his way to awareness of who he is and what his mission ought
> >to be.<
> >Any other interpretation seems to portray Jesus as rude.<
> Although the chronology of the Synoptics is not necessarily certain,
> earlier chapters include the story of the centurion's faith, the
> healing of the presumably Gentile Gerasene demoniac, and the
> assessment of the Ninevites and the Queen of Sheba as superior to the
> first-century Galileans. The interaction with the Samaritan woman is
> early in John, but not directly correlatable with this incident.
> Thus, the reaching out to Gentiles does not seem to be a novel idea
> to Jesus at this point. At the same time, there is a general
> limitation of His ministry to the Jews; as Paul says in Romans, they
> are first in line for good or bad.
> Without indication of the tone of voice, the nature of Jesus' reply
> is open to interpretation (e.g., Dorothy Sayers, The Man born to be
> King). Jesus regularly challenged those coming to him; here,
> persistence seems to have been the goal He had in mind. The woman
> proved that she wanted healing for her daughter (the "crumb in
> question) and was convinced that Jesus could provide it.
> Dr. David Campbell
> Old Seashells
> University of Alabama
> Biodiversity & Systematics
> Dept. Biological Sciences
> Box 870345
> Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 USA
> That is Uncle Joe, taken in the masonic regalia of a Grand Exalted
> Periwinkle of the Mystic Order of Whelks-P.G. Wodehouse, Romance at
> Droigate Spa
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