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Monthly Cartoon Gospels - August 20, 2017

Matthew 15:21-28

Feed My Dogs

Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, "Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon." But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, "Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us." He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me." He answered, "It is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs." She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table." Then Jesus answered her, "Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish." And her daughter was healed instantly.

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I think this passage is a case where Jesus has that friendly twinkle in his eye as he challenges the woman. It may have been as much a lesson for the disciples (notice how they always want to send people with problems away) as it was a test for the woman. His point to the disciples is not to judge a book by its cover; this woman's faith was a model for them all!

Lectionary for this Month (with cartoon links):

Sunday

Old Testament

New Testatment

Gospel

Sunday 8/6/17 Exodus 12:1-14 Rom 8:31-39 Matthew 14:13-21 
Sunday 8/13 Exodus 14:19-31 Rom 9:1-5 Matthew 14:22-33 
Sunday 8/20 Exodus 16:1-15 Rom 11:13-16,29-32 Matthew 15:21-28 
Sunday 8/27 Exodus 17:1-7 Rom 11:33-36 Matthew 16:13-20 
Sunday 9/3 Exodus 19:1-9 Rom 12:1-13 Matthew 16:21-28 

Exodus 16

The Journey Begins

The whole congregation of the Israelites set out from Elim; and Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had departed from the land of Egypt. 2 The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3 The Israelites said to them, "If only we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger." 4 Then the LORD said to Moses, "I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not. 5 On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather on other days." 6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, "In the evening you shall know that it was the LORD who brought you out of the land of Egypt, 7 and in the morning you shall see the glory of the LORD, because he has heard your complaining against the LORD. For what are we, that you complain against us?" 8 And Moses said, "When the LORD gives you meat to eat in the evening and your fill of bread in the morning, because the LORD has heard the complaining that you utter against him--what are we? Your complaining is not against us but against the LORD." 9 Then Moses said to Aaron, "Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, 'Draw near to the LORD, for he has heard your complaining.'" 10 And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud. 11 The LORD spoke to Moses and said, 12 "I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, 'At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the LORD your God.'" 13 In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14 When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. 15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, "What is it?" For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, "It is the bread that the LORD has given you to eat.

Are We There Yet?!

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Musings

Well, the whining and complaining is probably to be expected of a large group that really just doesn't seem to get the big picture. It's not like they didn't witness the parting of the sea, 10 plagues and all of that, but the past is quickly forgotten when the present seems so miserable. However, they get a quail at night and bread in the mornings. Not exactly a bed and breakfast, but clearly they aren't starving either. Fortunately God is looking out for them. Unfortunately they seem to complain quickly and not follow directions all that well (if you read on into subsequent verses where they fail the test about keeping leftovers and gather for the Sabbath).

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