|We venerate dogs a lot more today than they did in first century Palestine.|
When Stan was preaching on this text, we had a wide variety of pastors present including some older retired pastors serving smaller churches in the district. One in particular liked to "Amen" the points Stan was making during his sermon. As Stan told the details of the story, the pastor kept right on with "Amen!"
Stan was building up to the shock of Jesus's response to her and finally concluded with, "Jesus called this woman a dog!"
Right on cue, the pastor replied, "Amen!"
It kind of reduced the dramatic effect that Stan was going for on this particular point!
So what do we do with this text?
How do we reconcile this treatment of the Gentile woman with our belief that God so loved the world?
It is a difficult passage to be sure and we'll continue to wrestle with it on Sunday. If you have some thoughts about it, please comment below!
Picture by darwin Bell from San Francisco, USA (waiting under the table Uploaded by Fæ) via Wikimedia Commons