Our scriptural emphasis today is the story of Jesus and the Pharisees. The Pharisees believed in the laws set by their ancestors and asked why the disciples disobeyed those laws. Jesus told them that “it’s not what goes into a person’s mouth that makes him ritually unclean rather, what comes out of the mouth”. The Pharisees were hurt by this saying. Jesus said the evil thoughts that come from the heart is what makes a person unclean but not the act of eating without washing of hands, as they believed.
A Canaanite woman whose daughter had a demon and was in a terrible situation came to meet Jesus and pleaded with Jesus to have mercy, and heal her daughter. Jesus was quiet initially and the disciples asked Him to send the woman away but Jesus rebuked them. This woman was persistent and showed a great measure of faith. Jesus was moved by her faith so He healed her daughter.
The heart of man is the origin of every thought either good or bad. What we say or how we act is as a result of our thoughts. We should guard our hearts and not allow evil. Quench every evil thought by confessing the Word of God. Every evil idea leads to murder, adultery, fornication, Lies, stealing and every other immoral acts. Negative thoughts brings about negative confession. For instance, a man suddenly starts thinking about illness constantly, he gradually develops a slight headache. If at that time he decides to confess that he is sick, that becomes his lot.
Stay positive, and always think positive. Positive thinking! Positive living!
The Canaanite woman needed healing desperately for her daughter. We do have desperate needs and at times it seems God is quiet. That you have not gotten an answer does not mean your prayer has not been heard. Stay persistent and never let your faith shake. The woman’s faith impressed God and her daughter was healed. God is merciful and never late.
I will remain persistent and consistently confess God’s word for my Total deliverance
Reading – Matthew 15:1-28
That Which Defiles
15 Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, 2 “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”
3 Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? 4 For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’[a] and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’[b] 5 But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’ 6 they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. 7 You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:
8 “‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
9 They worship me in vain;
their teachings are merely human rules.’[c]”
10 Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. 11 What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”
12 Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?”
13 He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. 14 Leave them; they are blind guides.[d] If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”
15 Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.”
16 “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. 17 “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18 But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20 These are what defile a person;but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.”
The Faith of a Canaanite Woman
21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”
23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”
24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.
26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”
28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.
- Matthew 15:4Exodus 20:12; Deut. 5:16
- Matthew 15:4Exodus 21:17; Lev. 20:9
- Matthew 15:9Isaiah 29:13
- Matthew 15:14Some manuscripts blind guides of the blind
All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.