Healing the Canaanite Woman’s Daughter – Did Jesus change his mind?

In Matt. 15:21-28 a Canaanite woman approaches Jesus and asks him to heal her daughter.

21 Jesus went away from there, and withdrew into the district of Tyre and Sidon.
22 And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.”
23 But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, “Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.”
24 But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
25 But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”
26 And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
27 But she said, “Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”
28 Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once.

It appears, after initially rejecting her request Jesus finally gave in to her nagging and granted her request. This may not be what happened. ┬áTo understand what took place, perhaps we should first consider the meaning of the term “sent”. (more…)

Religion in Jerusalem – before Abraham was called?

Many Christians are curious about this mysterious figure called Melchizedek. What was the religion in Jerusalem before Abraham was called? How could he be the high Priest of the Most High when the office of the High Priest was only defined in the Law? Somehow this doesn’t fit into the picture, at least, of traditional theology.

Gen 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High. (more…)

Great Cloud of Witnesses – who are they?

Heb. 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us

Is there in the ‘heavenly stadium’ – looking down on Christians still in the race? Who are they that witness the deeds of Christians? Most often the above verse is interpreted that either the angels or the departed saints, the ‘Church of God’ watch Christians from heaven. (more…)

Hebrews 10 – what is abolished?

The passage in question is often used as a prooftext that the law was abolished in order to establish the new covenant. If it was so, what we call “new covenant” is not the new covenant of Jeremiah, which is the law in the heart, not the absence of the law. (more…)

Replacement Theology – what’s wrong with it?

This theology has been held by various churches right from the early centuries. It says that God changed his mind and now all promises and blessings made to Israel go to the Church. Israel totally lost God’s favour and they have no place in God’s future plan as a nation, except as part of the Church.

This theology, however, totally ignores the nature of covenants. (more…)