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Monthly Cartoon Gospels - August 20, 2017
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.
A Job for Little Bo Peep
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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):
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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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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