Jesus encounters a Canaanite woman who won't take "No!" for an answer. Jesus ignores and insults. He abuses theology. Jesus' behavior is difficult to stomach here. But his behavior is, seemingly, for the benefit of his disciples who simply want him to send her away. Yet the woman is persistent, enlarging the picture of Jesus' mission for his disciples.
When Jesus sends us away, he sends us away from the realm of sin and death. Too often our choice is to keep people there. We ignore or insult or abuse scripture to keep from extending the grace shown to us by Jesus. Grace is not a commodity that will run out. It flows out of Jesus’ identity as the messiah, the one who comes to humanity to set us free. He becomes sin so that we might become righteousness.
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