Message begins at the 6:30 mark. Prior segment is another Bible story (audio only).
Christ Church, Mountain Top
Psalm 87 (born in Zion)
Luke 10.25-37 (Good Samaritan)
hope, at least in your eyes, that it was enough, that I earned what all of you
had done for me…. Tell me I have led a good life; tell me I’m a good man”
problem in the text: Racism
children’s bread and throw it to the dogs” (“dog” = Gentile; “throw” = generally
with violent force or simply without care)
prejudice and bigotry:
miss the person)
& marry our kids
are immigrants’ kids
women being attracted
would Jesus talk like this?
is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer
male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus (Gal 3.28)
Gentiles by Israel’s prophets
racist nor sexist
is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out
of the mouth that defiles.
focus: MegaFaith (15.27-28)
self fully under Jesus’ authority
fall from their master’s table”
on the mercy of Jesus
I’m a good man”
it comes to the sacrifice of Jesus for us, when it comes to the mercy of God –
there is nothing we can do to earn it, to compensate for it, to become deserving
of it, to be worthy of it. But we keep trying. We think of ourselves as “good
people”, and, by and large, we are good people. Just not good enough, not good
enough for the perfect one, the righteous one, to die in our place. No one is
that good. “We are not worthy … to gather up the crumbs under thy table”
(Prayer of Humble Access).
knuckles turn white, our teeth clench as we hold desperately to the
proposition, “I’m a good man”. This language of goodness is the language of
comparison. If we are good, that means we are better than someone else, better
than that Canaanite woman from the region of Tyre and Sidon, better than that
Samaritan, better than that immigrant, better than that homosexual.
worthiness, our status, we are at risk – at risk of missing out on grace. It is
the mercy of God, the very gift the woman seeks, that is the great equalizer.
In my personal reading this week, Jesus tells a story of laborers who are all given
the same daily wage, even those hired at the very end of the day. The ones
hired first, who work through the heat of the day, complain saying, “You have
made them equal to us” (Matthew 20.12).
lesson on their own bigotry, but this woman upstages the teacher. “Even the
dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table”. She has no concern
for her status, her worth, her goodness. She is interested only in the mercy of
our Lord. MegaFaith indeed.