Matthew 15

In Matthew 15, the Scribes and Pharisees get after Jesus that His disciples weren’t following the laws like washing their hands before eating.  This sets Jesus off as He gets after them for their hypocracy.  They were bending the law to fit their situation.  “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me”.  Jesus points out the real important thing in life – the condition of our heart.  It isn’t what appears on the outside that matters, but what is within our heart.  The Scribes and Pharisees were “like the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit”.

He teaches the disciples this principle.  “What comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart”.   It is the source of reality in our life – good or bad – the source is our heart.  “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness,  slander. These are what defile a person”.  Jesus makes it clear that the religious leaders had hearts that were focused on themselves and twisted the law to fit their circumstances and needs.  We each need to examine our heart and make sure it is aligned with God and His ways.

A woman comes to Jesus and pleads for healing for her daughter.  She is persistent, and the disciples want to get rid of her and the commotion she was creating.  “Send her away, for she is crying out after us”.  That would be the easy way out.  Get rid of the loud distraction so they could get on with their day.  But Jesus has compassion, and because of her continued persistence, He says “O woman, great is your faith!  Be it done for you as you desire….her daughter was healed instantly”. Jesus deals with us based on our faith.  If we aren’t experiencing His power in our life, we need to look in the mirror and check our faith.  He continued to touch people and create evidence as those around him “saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing….they glorified the God of Israel”.

The day wore on and again a huge crowd was gathered to bring their sick and hurting to get healing from Jesus.  The day was almost over and again the disciples want to send people away to get something to eat.  They obviously have a short memory as not much earlier Jesus has fed the 5000.  So again, He asks what they have available.  “Seven loaves, and a few small fish”.  A bit more than what was required to feed the masses last time.  And Jesus does it again.  He takes what they have, blesses it and sends the disciples out to feed the people.  After all were fed, “they took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces left over. Those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children”.  He did it again.  Took what appeared to be far too little and make it more than enough.  That’s what Jesus can do!  Not just then, but today too!

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