A 1000 Year Faithfulness

For years, I've had a fascination with the Matthew 15 passage involving Jesus and a Canaanite woman (a "Syro-Phoenician" woman if you're taking cues from Mark's gospel). The short 8-verse passage is dripping with allusion, implication, and controversy. It's a cornucopia of possibilities - whether you're interested in Christological, ecclesiastical, socio-cultural, narrative, gender, or ethnic issues, there's something for everyone to chew on. And, while we could spend all day dissecting the potential meanings and implications for Jesus' short dialogue with the woman and His miraculous healing of her daughter, the woman's initiating remarks have been my most recent interest: 

"Have mercy on me, Lord - Son of David"

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