Bible Study Lessons about Prejudice — Matthew 15:21-39
Have you ever wondered how far back in history you’d have to go to find prejudice? In Matthew, we’ll learn it’s there. But, what did Jesus say about prejudice?
Was He for or against it?
Jesus performed many miracles during His ministry and the crowds marveled.
But, we will focus on how Christ introduced a lesson for us about getting rid of prejudice within this passage.
The Healing Ministry – What Did Jesus Say about Prejudice?
Jesus went away from there, and withdrew into the district of Tyre and Sidon.
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.”
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.”
But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”
And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
But she said, “Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”
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. – Matthew 15:21-28 NASB
Yes, even in the Bible, among the twelve disciples of Christ, there was prejudice.
The woman mentioned in the first passage, because of her heritage, was considered a mortal enemy of the Jews (Remember Exodus and the land of Canaan?)
Too Busy to Care?
What about the Disciples? They were annoyed by the woman’s constant nagging. But, she was only vying for attention to save her daughter.
Wouldn’t any of us do the same for our families in this situation? Of course we would.
Even so, the disciples were so “busy” with “important” matters of taking care of the administrative end of Jesus’ ministry.
This included organizing, providing food, maintaining order and listening to the service.
So, they showed no compassion for the woman or her daughter.
Are We Busy Doing “Church“?
How about the Christian church today?
It’s sometimes easy to become apathetic towards people who are not like us, especially when we are “busy doing church“, but God says that we are to make His Word known to all people, including those we feel uncomfortable around.
Opportunity for Christians – Without Discrimination
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I know this is sometimes easier said than done but remember, with God, all things are possible.
Love In Christ
If you would like to discover how to receive the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to read John 3:16 for more information.