Sunday, June 16, 2013

Who are the "Dogs"?

A COMMENT WAS LEFT:
"Here's an account at Matthew 15:21 "Leaving there, Jesus now withdrew into the parts of Tyre and Si´don. 22 And, look! a Phoe·ni´cian woman from those regions came out and cried aloud, saying: “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David. My daughter is badly demonized.” 23 But he did not say a word in answer to her. So his disciples came up and began to request him: “Send her away; because she keeps crying out after us.” 24 In answer he said: “I was not sent forth to any but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 When the woman came she began doing obeisance to him, saying: “Lord, help me!” 26 In answer he said: “It is not right to take the bread of the children and throw it to little dogs.” 27 She said: “Yes, Lord; but really the little dogs do eat of the crumbs falling from the table of their masters.” 28 Then Jesus said in reply to her: “O woman, great is your faith; let it happen to you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed from that hour on."

The question is, how does it come to be the little dogs having faith and is shown mercy and where are they placed in Gods kingdom? As the other scripture puts it Revelation 22:15 "Outside are the dogs and those who practice spiritism and the fornicators and the murderers and the idolaters and everyone liking and carrying on a lie.’"

Matthew 7:6 puts it "Do not give what is holy to dogs, neither throw YOUR pearls before swine, that they may never trample them under their feet and turn around and rip YOU open."

At mark 7:27 But he began by saying to her: “First let the children be satisfied, for it is not right to take the bread of the children and throw it to the little dogs.”

Please tell me what you see base on this scripture given."
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MY REPLY:

Holy Spirit's answer to you, is 1Cor.7:14.
It reads,
"For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy."

You may wonder what marriage mates have to do with dogs, and with the bestowing of blessings by Christ.
  Normally, the unclean are not cleansed by the clean, but rather the clean are defiled by the unclean (Job14:4; 2Cor.6:17)
All humanity born of Adam and Eve are unclean by sin's corruption (Job15:14; 25:4; Psalm51:5).
How then can "children" be made "holy" and marriage partners "sanctified" by another sinful person?
This is not speaking of a literal "husband" or "wife"; nor of literal children born in sin under Adam and Eve.
This is speaking of "incorruptible seed", whose father is God, and whose mother is New Jerusalem. (1Pet.1:23; Gal.4:26)
All such children, whether Jew or Gentile, are cleansed....but not all at once.

In your cited verse (Matt.15:26), you see there are two subjects...."children", and "puppies".
Who are these children which are "holy", by means of their "father" and "mother"?
God and Abraham are the fathers of these (John8:37,41), and their mother is the Law Covenant (Gal.4:24), which cleansed the "children" of sin by means of animal sacrifice. Since the time of Moses, sin need not rule as king anymore over God's nation (Rom.5:14).
If you read Matt.15:24, you will see that those under that Law covenant, were shown the favor of life, and preference for the inheritance of Abraham, first. (Matt.10:5,6; Rom.15:8) They were Christ's "little flock" of anointed Jews.
As we know, that favor of life and inheritance, was then extended to the Gentiles, who were the ones previously considered unclean "dogs". This was because the Jews in general, rejected God's means of salvation, the promised seed, Christ (Gal.3:16; Acts13:46; 3:26; 18:6; 26:20; 22:21).
But how would dog-like Gentiles be cleansed?
We recall 1Cor.7:14.
Whoever God the heavenly Father...or New Jerusalem the heavenly mother covenant (Gal4:26) adopts, is thereby cleansed. Did this happen for Gentile "dogs"?
Please read Acts10:15,45,47,34,35. Yes, even these puppies would now receive mercy (1Pet.2:10; Rom.9:25), be cleansed (Acts11:9; 10:34,35), and adopted into Covenant with God. They would join the little flock of cleansed Jews who accepted Christ (Luke12:32; John10:16; Isa.56:8; Eze.34:23; John11:52; 17:20; Rom.11:25).
The Gentiles were now being invited by God's spirit to join the anointed temple and body of Christ, and become Jews in spirit (Rom.2:28,29; Gal.3:26,27,28,29)... to become "one flock" under "one shepherd" and equal heirs of the kingdom.

God can raise up heirs for Abraham even from stones (Matt.3:9; Eze.36:26,27,28; Deut.30:6; Rom.2:28,29; Gal.3:29), so that His promises to Abraham are fulfilled (Gal.4:28; Heb.6:12). If not completely filled by those of Abraham's flesh, then by those of Abraham's faith who become Jews in spirit.
So,
while the account of Matt.15:21-28 occurred before the door was opened to the Gentiles to be cleansed and adopted; Jesus recognized the woman's faith (Matt.15:28). Having Faith like Abraham would soon result in Abraham's inheritance, the promises, and the sonship to God, to both chosen Jews AND chosen Gentiles. (Heb.6:12; Rom.4:13,16; 3:22,24,30; 9:8; Gal.3:7,14; Rev.5:9,10; 7:9)

No longer is the inheritance of the kingdom due to flesh (Gal.5:6; 6:15; Rom.2:28,29; John1:13). In this way, the wall was taken down between Jew and Gentile (Eph.2:14,11-22; 3:1-6), making them into "one flock" of anointed heirs of the kingdom, under the one shepherd, Christ. (John10:16)

What then of the dogs in Rev.22:15 and Matt.7:6?
First, take note of the disposition of these....
"trample" "rip you open" "those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood." (Isa.56:11,10)

Do these sound like those with the "faith of Abraham"?
(or even the "puppy" in Matt.15:27,28 who was humble enough to "treasure, not trample", mere crumbs from Christ?) (and considered herself Christ's slave)
You see, we are all born in sin and unclean. ALL those who inherit the kingdom must "walk by spirit" and repent, regardless of Nationality. Those who do walk by spirit, no longer sin willfully. They have been "made new". This was accomplished through much suffering and struggle (1Pet.4:1; Gal.5:16; 1Cor.6:11; Eph.4:13; Matt.5:48; Eph.5:1; 2Cor.7:1; James1:4; Rev.14:5; 20:6) combined with the blood of Christ on their behalf (Rev.5:9,10; 12:10,11; 7:14; 19:8)

Have the "dogs" at Rev.22:15 or Matt.7:6 obeyed 2Cor.7:1?
If not, then they have not been "transformed" (Rom.12:2) into God's "children" (Eph.5:1). They are not sons of God, but rather simply, still "dogs".
If you look at Matt7:6, you will see that these dogs are compared to swine/pigs. Why?
Because both dogs and pigs eat anything. This speaks of those who greedily gulp down the rotten fruit of lying doctrines (Matt.7:15,16,17).
This is why Satan can use them, to "trample" pearls "under their feet" (Matt.7:6; Rev.11:2; Isa.5:5; 52:1; Dan.8:13,12) and "rip open" those about to be sealed (Amos1:13; 2Kings8:12).
(http://4womaninthewilderness.blogspot.com/2014/03/pregnant-woman-and-nursing-mothers.html)

These "dogs" who are banished from the Holy City, are not merely fleshly Gentiles, as the woman was in Matt.15:28.
No. They have remained SPIRITUAL Dogs/Gentiles, "disgusting in their filth", and they will die the death of the spiritually uncircumcised (Eze.32:19; Jer.9:26; 1John3:15). For those who were called ones, yet fell in unfaithfulness, 2Pet.2:22 and Prov.26:11, apply. (Rev.2:5; 3:18,19)

I hope this has helped you to discern the difference between the Bible's verses about "dogs".
You see, things are not stagnant. Some "dogs" can become the "children", through God's grace and mercy...bestowing upon them a new father and mother. Should they accept the repentance, tribulation, and responsibility of that new family; they then become "holy" (1Cor.7:14).

Some "dogs" choose to stay dogs, or return to being dogs.
As you see at Rev.22:15, these must suffer the penalty.
I believe that these previous posts will help you to understand more clearly:

"What is a Jew/Gentile?"
"Little Flock"
"Anointed Flock"

Regarding Mark7:27 the "children" of the Law Covenant (Gal.4:24) (fleshly descendants of Abraham) were to be "satisfied first". In this preference, God fulfilled his promise to Abraham. For the deficiency that remained, God's spirit compensated with physical Gentiles whose invitation would follow,  as discussed in the scriptures above.

Thank you for your good question,
Pearl

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