Mat 15:21-28. 28 Be it done for you as you desire.”

Imperative: Mat 15:21-28. 28 Be it done for you as you desire.”

Context: Mat 15:21 And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon.

Mat 15:22 And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon.”

Mat 15:23 But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us.”

Mat 15:24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

Mat 15:25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.”

Mat 15:26 And he answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”

Mat 15:27 She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”

Mat 15:28 Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

GREEK VERBS:  

5599 [e]
Ō

O
I
1135 [e]
gynai
γύναι  ,
woman
N-VFS
3173 [e]
megalē
μεγάλη
great [is]
Adj-NFS
4771 [e]
sou
σου
of you
PPro-G2S
3588 [e]


the
Art-NFS
4102 [e]
pistis
πίστις  !
faith
N-NFS
1096 [e]
genēthētō
γενηθήτω
be it
V-AMP-3S
4771 [e]
soi
σοι
to you
PPro-D2S
5613 [e]
hōs
ὡς
as
Adv
2309 [e]
theleis
θέλεις  .
you desire
V-PIA-2S
Exegesis:
Gentiles receive what the Jews do not value, waste and reject… Throwing it away on to the floor
I reject interpretation that Jesus did not care about the Gentiles; this passage has a meaning for the Jews to whom Jesus is sent.
Beyond that it teaches that God’s mercy is wider than the specific mission as long as the mission is not compromised, show mercy.
S.O.W. QUESTIONS
S. What does it say?
O. What does it say that I need to obey?
W. Who needs to hear this? Generally? Specifically?
DISCERNMENT QUESTIONS
What gets your attention?
What human needs or problems relate to the text?
What is it like to have that problem?
What other resources connect to this idea?
What is the solution suggested in the text, if there is one?
What would a camera see if the solution was implemented in my life, in my family’s life, or in my church or community?
What are the steps that I would take on Monday to implement that solution?
CONTEXTUALIZING QUESTIONS 
What does this say to my context as a …
…. person?
… follower of Jesus? 
… to a church? 
… to a community – my neighbors?


RESOURCES
What are the commands of Jesus Christ which we need to obey? In disciple-making, Jesus commanded the following in Matthew 28:20: “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…” What are the commands that we are to follow and teach others as identified by Jesus’ use of the imperative mood in the Greek?

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