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Apparently, Jesus never said he is God. Zainol decides to cherry picks a bunch of verses and foist upon it his own interpretation, to show Jesus was Allah’s lovely messenger boy to the Hebrews and no one else. Seems to be a tragic problem amongst fundamentalist Muslims – taking well-selected portions of the Bible and giving it a literal meaning.

Like MENJ – thinking the Bible actually calls Him a literal Lamb.

But apparently, according to Zainol, because Jesus said, “I was not sent but to the sheep that are lost of the house of Israel… It is not good to take the bread of the children, and to cast it to the dogs.” (Mat 15:24, 26), therefore it is proven Jesus was messenger, messenger to the Jews.

A bit of the problem there. In the passage, a Canaanite woman came to Jesus to ask healing for her demon-possessed daughter. How did the passage end? Jesus healed the woman’s daughter. If Jesus was truly Allah’s messenger to the Jews, why did he heal the Canaanite girl?

What’s the point of the passage? More after the break.

Updated: Added a link above, the rest after the break:
Matthew Henry:

The dark corners of the country, the most remote, shall share Christ’s influences; afterwards the ends of the earth shall see his salvation. The distress and trouble of her family brought a woman to Christ; and though it is need that drives us to Christ, yet we shall not therefore be driven from him. She did not limit Christ to any particular instance of mercy, but mercy, mercy, is what she begged for: she pleads not merit, but depends upon mercy. It is the duty of parents to pray for their children, and to be earnest in prayer for them, especially for their souls. Have you a son, a daughter, grievously vexed with a proud devil, an unclean devil, a malicious devil, led captive by him at his will? this is a case more deplorable than that of bodily possession, and you must bring them by faith and prayer to Christ, who alone is able to heal them. Many methods of Christ’s providence, especially of his grace, in dealing with his people, which are dark and perplexing, may be explained by this story, which teaches that there may be love in Christ’s heart while there are frowns in his face; and it encourages us, though he seems ready to slay us, yet to trust in him. Those whom Christ intends most to honour, he humbles to feel their own unworthiness. A proud, unhumbled heart would not have borne this; but she turned it into an argument to support her request. The state of this woman is an emblem of the state of a sinner, deeply conscious of the misery of his soul. The least of Christ is precious to a believer, even the very crumbs of the Bread of life. Of all graces, faith honours Christ most; therefore of all graces Christ honours faith most. He cured her daughter. He spake, and it was done. From hence let such as seek help from the Lord, and receive no gracious answer, learn to turn even their unworthiness and discouragements into pleas for mercy.

Or People’s New Testament:

She knew that, in comparing the Jews to the children of God’s family, and the heathen to the dogs without, he simply used the customary language of a Jew. He would bring out fully the greatness of her faith. The gospel was offered first to the Jews and then to all.

And if you noticed the passage, it’s very possible the entire conversation was in jest. Jesus wasn’t some booming, monotonous, killjoy voice, after all.

Update: See also the People’s New Testament’s concordance on verse:

The Lord’s personal mission was to the Jews. Under the first commission his apostles were directed to go only to the Jews (Mt 10:6). It would be impossible to evangelize the Gentiles without setting aside the Jewish customs, the law of Moses, and arousing the bitterest prejudice of the Jews. Hence it was the divine plan that the Son should keep the law blameless during his ministry. It was only when the Jews crucified him that the handwriting of ordinances was nailed to the cross (Col 2:14), the wall of partition (Eph 2:14) between Jews and Gentiles broken down, and all prepared for the Great Commission which bade his disciples go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mr 16:15).

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8 Comments

  1. Welcome back friend.

  2. Assalam alaikum.

    You need to understand proper context of that verse. Jesus our Lord is actually speaking of the house of Israel not the house of Judah. Israel refer to Gentiles, ie. all of humanity.

    The Christ came to both Jews (ie. house of Judah) and Gentiles (ie house of Israel).

    The New Testament is written in Koine Greek because Greeks are one among the many people within the House of Israel.

    Admin: Hello, Gary W Bush, I presume? Your comments would be deleted if you don’t provide a valid email address next time. And try to get a original moniker – keep to one. Impersonating people, blogger or not, is frown upon amongst the sane.

  3. “Anwar”: Israel does not include Gentiles. The New Testament was written in Greek because it was the regional lingua franca, much like English today.

  4. Admin: This comment is deleted. “Anwar al-Sadaat”, maybe if you tried using the identity of someone alive… Troll somewhere else.

  5. Admin: Deleted (impersonation, stupidity)

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  8. hurrah for garywbush!


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