On a Facebook thread I was challenged that Yeshua was racist.
Matthew 15: 29-39
Jesus Christ healed and delivered lots of individuals from sicknesses and infirmities of various kinds. He also went further, out of compassion, to feed a crowd of 4,000. It was, indeed, a ground-shaking scene of miracles. Howbeit, in an isolated scenario, there was a recorded account of Christ which I found worthy of scrutiny:
Mathew 15: 21-28
“And Jesus withdrew to Tyre, and behold a Canaanite woman came out and cried, ” have mercy on me, O Lord, son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon!” But he ignored the said woman. His subordinate disciples, out of compassion, tried to draw his attention to the plight of the said woman but his response was breathtaking:
Verse 26: And he answered – “it’s not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs”
— what a great deal of racism!
In case you don’t understand, what “children & dogs” simply connote in this context is ‘Israelites and non-Israelites’.
Jesus went ahead and healed the said woman after she made a heartfelt statement – v27″Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that falls from their masters table!
— Yes, Christ healed the woman but it was accounted as a pitiful gesture to an extract of an unworthy human race.
Firstly, know that Jews are not a race, they are made up of peoples in certain lands:
“‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says to Jerusalem: Your ancestry and birth were in the land of the CANAANITES; your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite.” (Ezekiel 16:2–3).
So you see, Abraham and Sarah, are the first parents of the Jewish NATION, not RACE. As they were born in CANAAN, it is IMPOSSIBLE for Jesus/Yeshua, a descendant of them both to be RACIST to a CANAANITE person, because in doing so, he would be racist to himself, so your understanding of the scripture is completely incorrect.
The word “dogs” when used in scripture does not have racist connotations. In fact scripture states that people from every tribe, nation and tongue will be in The Kingdom of Heaven, note:
“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from EVERY NATION, TRIBE, PEOPLE AND LANGUAGE, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.” (Revelation 7:9).
Truly our God is a God of ALL, and doesn’t that make sense if he made the earth and all that is in it? When you read racism in the bible, know that you are fighting against the Anti-Messiah (anti-christ) spirit of error, which people of corrupt minds have used to lead the world astray.
In scripture the word “dogs” is used to refer to people with a intellectual, spiritual or moral deficit. Note these scriptures:
“As a dog returns to its vomit,
so fools repeat their folly. (Proverbs 26:11)
Speaking of people who are barred from Heaven and left in punishment, the scriptures state.
“Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.” (Revelation 22:15).
It may be that the woman indulged in magic arts, and that was the reason Yeshua referred to her as a dog.
Also Israelites/Jews had contempt for the nations around them because those nations indulged in practices that they found disgusting, in much the same way that many Africans find European acceptance of “gay rights” and homosexuality immoral. Remember, scriptures tell us that Canaanites sacrificed their children into the fire of a God called Ball or Molech, so this is another reason why they would have been treated with contempt.