Have mercy on me

Matthew Bible Background

New Testament: Matt 15.21–22

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 15.21–39 on January 22, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

Jesus entered Tyre and Sidon. While there, a woman of Canaan approached Him, and cried out to Him:

Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.”

– Matthew 15.21–22

Rather than asking for mercy on her daughter, she asked for mercy on herself. Why was that? Perhaps she believed her daughter suffered for the mother’s sin. Or perhaps the demon in the daughter caused her to attack her mother. Or the grief that this mother experienced was tearing her to pieces. Whatever it was, the mother’s life was so bound up in her daughter that what happened to her daughter happened to the mother.

Every parent who loves his or her children, knows how the mother in the story felt. What the child suffers in the body, the parents suffer in the spirit. Now, we can get an idea of the suffering of God the Father when He saw the suffering of His blessed Son Jesus Christ!

Questions:

  • Does your heart beat for your children?
  • How are or were your parents toward you?

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