Sunday Devotional: The call of God is irrevocable

Matthew 15:21-28

At that time, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 
And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out,
“Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! 
My daughter is tormented by a demon.” 
But Jesus did not say a word in answer to her. 
Jesus’ disciples came and asked him,
“Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us.”
He said in reply,
“I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
But the woman came and did Jesus homage, saying, “Lord, help me.” 
He said in reply,
“It is not right to take the food of the children
and throw it to the dogs.” 
She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps
that fall from the table of their masters.” 
Then Jesus said to her in reply,
“O woman, great is your faith! 
Let it be done for you as you wish.” 
And the woman’s daughter was healed from that hour.

As the above passage from Matthew 15 indicates, Jesus told the Caananite woman — a Gentile — that He was sent only to Israelites, i.e., Jews, not Gentiles. But Jesus was moved and persuaded by the woman’s faith in Him, and so He granted her request and exorcised the demon from her daughter.

That is one of the great mysteries of humankind — why Jews not only rejected Jesus the Christ, despite the many foretellings of His coming in the Torah, the Hebrew Bible and Christianity’s Old Testament, their leaders actually demanded that He be put to death, although Jesus had committed no crime. Not just put to death, but executed by the cruelest method that the Romans reserved for the worst criminals — crucifixion.

All of which raises the question of why most Jews, then and now, refuse to believe that Jesus is who He said He is.

Among the reasons why they don’t, according to the article “Why Don’t Jews Believe In Jesus?,” are:

  • The Jewish Messiah must be descended on his father’s side from King David, but Jesus was not because Christians say he was the product of a virgin birth and therefore had no father. (Hmm, does that mean Jesus is not Jewish?)
  • Jews don’t believe in miracles: “Even if the individual claiming personal revelation performs miracles [as Jesus did], there is still no verification that he is a genuine prophet. Miracles do not prove anything. All they show—assuming they are genuine—is that he has certain powers. It has nothing to do with his claim of prophecy. Judaism, unique among all of the world’s major religions, does not rely on ‘claims of miracles’ as the basis for its religion. In fact, the Bible says that God sometimes grants the power of ‘miracles’ to charlatans….” (Hmm, but don’t Jews believe in the miracles of  Moses parting the Red Sea, and the manna from Heaven during the time Moses led Jews wandering in the desert?)

Now you see why the Talmud, the collection of the sayings and writings of rabbis regarded as superior even to the Torah, calls Jesus a “bastard,” “fool” and “charlatan,” His mother Mary a “whore,” and Christians “idolators” and less than human. (See Rev. I. B. Pranaitis, The Talmud Unmasked: The Secret Rabbinical Teachings Concerning Christians; first published in St. Petersburg in 1892.; and “Truth About the Talmud“.)

Jews really should heed this:

But the rejection by Jews turns out to be to our benefit. As St. Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, said in Romans 11:11-12, 15, 19-20, 23, 28-29:

But through their transgression
salvation has come to the Gentiles…

their transgression is enrichment for the world…
their rejection is the reconciliation of the world….
Indeed you will say, “Branches were broken off
so that I might be grafted in.”
That is so.
They were broken off because of unbelief,
but you are there because of faith.
So do not become haughty, but stand in awe….
And they also, if they do not remain in unbelief,
will be grafted in,
for God is able to graft them in again….
In respect to the gospel, they are enemies on your account;
but in respect to election,
they are beloved because of the patriarchs.
For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.

So if you hear His call, do not harden your heart.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,


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2 months ago

While I don’t disagree with your criticism of the “Jews” and their Talmud, there is a distinction here that I think is missed. Jesus did not say he came for the Jews, but for “the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” The 10 tribes of Israel were lost, not the 2 tribes of Judah. These 10 tribes have been scattered over history and are who the people of Europe mainly descend from. These same people are the ones who have distributed Christianity throughout the world. These are the people who founded the United States of America and have been… Read more »

2 months ago

This has always been a confusing point for me…”preach only to lost Sheep of of Israel, which even if Gruntled interpretation is correct about ” lost Sheep” the word only still means exclusively and on top of this, still does not account for the direct contradiction in Mark and Matthew quoted and underlined here: Mark 16:15, 16 (the so-called “Longer Ending”) He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Matthew 28:18–20 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go… Read more »

2 months ago
Reply to  Lana

I can’t say that I’ve studied this topic extensively, but perhaps there was one commandment for Jesus and another for the disciples. Since Jesus was on Earth for a limited time, his focus was on making disciples of Israel who would then go on to teach the rest of the world.

Steven Broiles
2 months ago

Somewhere in the Bible, God the Father said, “My Word shall not come back to Me void.” So when God Speaks, His Word shall be heard, and he who obeys it shall be rewarded, and he who ignores or disobeyed it shall be punished. God is the Author of all of Creation, and as He gives His Agape Love to all who seek it (as well as those who don’t), He is within His Rights to demand to be heard and obeyed. For God always acts with a purpose and His Will is always done. This world and this creation… Read more »

2 months ago

Dr. Eowyn, thank you for being such a blessing and thank our Lord and Savior for always showing his great love towards us.