From the Dictionary. Com, ” Prejudice ” is defined first, as an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed before hand or without knowledge, thought, or reason; secondly, as an unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, especially of a hostile nature, regarding an ethnic, racial, social, or religious group. In the story of a non-Jew woman (called gentile or an unbeliever ) begging for Jesus’s mercy for the healing of her sick daughter as recorded in the book of Matthew 15: 21-28, ” ….I wasn’t sent to anyone but the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” she was unfortunately victim of prejudice by Jesus’s disciples because of her origin & religious beliefs “ Send her away … ” For them, she wasn’t worthy of the promises of the people of God ( Jews first, Christians today ). The synonyms of prejudice are: preconception, partiality, predilection, predisposition, bias, etc…
What does the Bible says about prejudice?
Galatians 3: 28 ” There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ. ” or for the widening of our understanding, Titus 1: 12-13 ” One of them, a prophet of their own, said, ” Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, and idle gluttons. This testimony is true. For this cause, reprove them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, ”
Matthew’s Jesus has elsewhere censured the “ LITTLE FAITH ” of these disciples: ( Matthew 8:26; 14:31; 16: 8 ), but here, in the only occurrence of this conjoined adjective in the whole New Testament, Jesus praises the ” GREAT FAITH ” of this woman and commands that her supplication be granted. No sooner are the words spoken than it is done. We are told that the woman’s daughter is healed instantly. As if in response to this ” great faith “. In the verses that follow today’s lesson, Jesus breaks out in healing that amaze the crowds and call forth the praises of God ( Matthew 15: 29-31 ).
And what of us who hear this story? Can it be that its profound reversals intend to work some transformation in our lives as well? To open us up to see the wondrously extravagant reaches of God’s mercies? For surely, this is the gospel’s call for all Jesus followers, constantly at risk as potential ” unbeliefs ” not to assume the role of greedy security guard at the door checking Identity Cards (IDs). But to take our places on our knees as ones who stick like glue for mercy with that same persistent faith that turns us around and plants us shoulder to shoulder with the woman, side by side with all the persons who are not accepted, the wounded ( from any terror attack ), the hungry, the lonely, the homeless ( after many lands slides around today’s world ).
Salvation through Jesus Christ is available and secured for everyone who believes.
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