Pentecost Devotional (13 of 35) by Christopher Harbin

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Twenty-Fifth Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Numbers 27:3-4

''You know that our father died in the desert. But it was for something he did wrong, not for joining with Korah in rebelling against Yahweh. Our father left no sons to carry on his family name. But why should his name die out for that reason? Give us some land like the rest of his relatives in our clan, so our father's name can live on.'' Numbers 27:3-4

We know the Old Testament is a patriarchal text. We know that women did not have rights of any significance, apart from what their fathers or husbands garnered for them. We know that in most cases women were little more than chattel, traded as prizes, bought and sold as wives. Women could not own property or even have their voice heard before the elders of a town on the same level as men. Then Numbers 27 enters the picture and destroys most of what we have come to know and expect of the Old Testament.


Twenty-Sixth Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Matthew 15:27-28

''She said, 'Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table.' Then Jesus answered her, 'O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.' And her daughter was healed instantly.'' Matthew 15:27-28

Once again, Matthew turns our attention to a gentile and Jesus' concerns over faith. Earlier in Matthew we saw a Roman occupying soldier declared as having the greatest faith Jesus had seen in Israel. Now we turn to a Canaanite woman outside of Israel.
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