Come To The Table (Matthew 15:21-39)

One of the characteristics of Jesus’ ministry is that he challenged the interest level of people who claimed to want help or claimed to want to follow him. When people said that they wanted to follow him, Jesus did not simply respond, “Ok.” Jesus would do something to see if the desire is genuine. In Matthew 8:19 we read about a scribe saying that he would follow Jesus wherever he went. But Jesus challenged his desire by responding that he had nowhere to sleep. Do you want to follow if you do not have a place to lay down at night? In that same paragraph a disciple told Jesus he would follow him after he buried his father. But Jesus responded that he needed to follow him now and let the dead bury the dead…

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