We must not miss the eternal purposes of God in His everlasting covenant with Israel. The following scripture was given by Jesus to make this truth in a profound way.
When a woman from modern-day southern Lebanon found Jesus and begged Him to heal her demonized daughter, He ignored her. (Matthew 15:21-28 – Faith of a Canaanite Woman) She kept at it, and wouldn’t relent (much like the widow in Luke 18). His disciples, ever known for their abounding compassion, offered to get rid of her so they wouldn’t have to hear the inconvenience of her desperation. Jesus, blessedly, ignored the immaturity of the twelve apostles to make a point through this interaction—a point we need to have clarity on today.
He replied, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
But she came, knelt before Him, and said, “Lord, help me!”
He answered, “It isn’t right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
“Yes, Lord,” she said, “yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”
Then Jesus replied to her, “Woman, your faith is great. Let it be done for you as you want.” And from that moment her daughter was healed.
Here is a non -Jewish Gentile approaching the Son of David and begging Him for help. If we miss what Jesus wants to convey to us in this passage i.e. the eternal purposes of God in the everlasting covenant, then He initially does not come across as the loving, merciful Jesus we know. Thankfully, this incredible woman did not miss these critical issues, and Jesus drew this confession out of her for all of us to hear—and heed.
Consider this paraphrase of the verses above given in the FAI Prophecy, Proclamation, Covenant and Controversy, MAY 13, 2021:
Jesus: “I cut a covenant on the hills of Hebron to form a nation-state wherein I’ll reveal My eternal purposes and glory to the world. The house of Israel is therefore marked with a covenantal peculiarity your people are not marked with.”
Lebanese Woman*: “You are the LORD, and I know enough about You to know You can help me.”
Jesus, shrugging: “The covenantal provisions are for the children of the covenant.”
Lebanese Woman: “I’ve heard about You, and I’ve heard about Your covenant—and I submit to Your right to do what You will as You will, when You will and how You will, to whom You will and through whom You will. And I know You’re going to bless the nations through this covenant—I know there’s enough of You to go around, and even a Gentile like me can receive the overflow from the covenantal table.”
Jesus: “YOU GOT IT! I love your faith!”
The FAI video series Covenant and Controversy is a must watch for every Bible believing Christian. Not only must you watch this series but you need to promote it as widely as possible. After you have watched the first video then you will now why I am promoting this video series so enthusiastically.