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FRIDAY, July 30                  William Wilberforce

Mark 7:27-28 [Jesus] said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”

Why does Jesus respond so coldly to a woman who’s seeking help for her daughter? I’ve heard “it was not yet time” for Jesus to minister to the Gentiles, or that Jesus didn’t want to heal her but her clever response changed his mind.

But these explanations seem ill-fitting given what I know about Jesus. Why would Jesus insult someone who was triply marginalized: a woman, a Gentile, and a foreigner?

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