Daily Tidbits 12/12/11 – The Dog

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  1. Shalom

    1) The explanation about the “dog” seems very good but I’m a little confused as to why Yeshua called this Caananite woman a dog when she came requesting Him to heal her child.
    I know He was testing her faith but to call her a dog that’s a pretty harsh rejection. He said to her:

    Matthew 15:24- I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
    Matthew 15:25- But she fell at His feet and said; Sir please help me! – He answered:
    Matthew 15:26- It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” – She replied:
    Matthew 15-27- That is true Sir, but even the dogs eat the crumbs/leftovers that fall from their master’s table.

    Despite the harshness of His words the woman accepted the rejection humbly thereby receiving spontaneous healing for her daughter. But I’m just wondering even though the character of the dog is good and loving and faithful yet it is an insult to call someone a dog, so why then did Yeshua portray the woman in that manner or was He referring to the “dog” whose bite is bigger than its bark?

    2) Also there are other scriptures where the gentiles around Israel are called dogs…. who were these people, the Edomites or Romans or were they a mixture of different peoples like the Gauls?

    3) What is the bad side of the dog in the Hebraic perspective can you elaborate on that a bit more please?

    Would appreciate your response just to get the fog off my mind. Thanks.

    • Everything in creation has a good and negative side, so these shadow pictures that point to Messiah are not always entirely pure. There is an impure side to the dog. Lustful, gluttonous, selfish etc. Unbelievers are likened unto dogs in Scripture, as well as other beasts. This is because beasts live by their instincts and emotions. Man is called to live by ‘reason’ by the Word not by emotions. The priests of Tammuz/Nimrod were also called dogs in ancient times (Deuteronomy 23:17) and even unfaithful Israel are called the same (Philippians 3:2-3). The end of Isaiah chapter 56 speaks of pastors who are dumb dogs that are greedy and can never get enough wealth (Isaiah 56:10-12). So I guess you can say there are two types of dogs. Faithful and loyal pets, companions such as the sheep dog vs. the wild, rebellious, viral dogs which do not heed the voice of man.

      Perhaps the picture here is that Israel is supposed to be a loyal sheepdog walking with the shepherd yet throughout history acted like a wild rebellious dog whereas the wild rebellious gentile dogs see the loving care of the Shepherd and begin to follow Him faithfully thus provoking the Israelite dog to jealousy…

      Gentiles are likened unto dogs.


      Were Gentiles…Past Tense

      Scripture speaks of those who are outside the covenant as gentiles and it is not looked upon as being a positive thing. Believers who enter into covenant with the Most High in Messiah are not considered gentiles or of the nations any longer but are joined to the saints and the commonwealth of Yisrael.

      Eph 2:11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
      Eph 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

      Shaul says above that the gentiles are without Messiah, strangers to the covenants and without YHWH.

      Gentiles in the past…carried away by dumb idols
      1Co 12:2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.

      Notice that Shaul separates believers in Messiah from the gentiles.
      1Co 5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.

      1Co 10:20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.

      1Th 4:5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

      1Co 10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;

      In the above verse, Shaul says to the believers in Corinth that all OUR fathers were under the cloud. It is accepted that those in Corinth are considered to be ‘gentiles’. Yet, Shaul considers their fathers to be the same as his.
      Eph 3:6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
      Rom 11:16 Now if the firstfruit is holy, so also the lump. And if the root is holy, so also the branches.
      Rom 11:17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree were grafted in among them, and became a sharer of the root and the fatness of the olive tree,

      The gentiles believers aren’t a separate body/tree. They must join the same tree as the Jews, the olive tree of Yisrael.
      Rom 11:18 do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, it is not you that bears the root, but the root bears you.
      Rom 11:19 You will say then, The branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.
      Rom 11:20 Well! For unbelief they were broken off. And you stand by faith. Do not be highminded, but fear.
      Rom 11:21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, fear that it may be He will not spare you either.
      Rom 11:22 Behold, then, the kindness and severity of God: On those having fallen, severity. But on you, kindness, if you continue in the kindness. Otherwise, you will also be cut off.
      Rom 11:23 And those also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in. For God is able to graft them in again.
      Rom 11:24 For if you were cut out of the natural wild olive tree, and against nature were grafted into a good olive tree, how much more these being according to nature will be grafted into their own olive tree?
      Rom 11:25 For I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be wise within yourselves, that hardness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the nations comes in;
      Rom 11:26 and so all Israel will be saved, even as it has been written, “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob.
      Lev 19:33 And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him.
      Lev 19:34 But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

      Yeshayahu speaks of the gentiles that join themselves to YHWH as being the same as Israelites and keeping the same Torah.
      Isa 56:6 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;
      Gal 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
      Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
      Eph 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

      The example of the woman from Canaan
      Mat 15:22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
      Mat 15:23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
      Mat 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
      Mat 15:25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
      Mat 15:26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.
      Mat 15:27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.
      Mat 15:28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

      Through her faith in Messiah she was accepted and no longer considered a dog/gentile.


      There won’t be any dogs in the kingdom of Heaven
      Rev 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
      Rev 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

  2. levi, this responce to the Q about dogs in scriptures is excellent. maybe this should be included in the tidbit about dogs. this Q also came to mind when I was reading the good points about dogs. Being as a good dog or bad dog …obedient or not. Gentile or fellow heir. Once again going back to what tree we will eat of. Good study

  3. My parents were more loveing and affectionate to their dogs than me ,I am sure this is quite common, when I see people so commited to their dogs, useing them as a life prop of sorts, I wounder if it distracts them from needing to love and be loved of GOD . Are we not like a god to a dog ? I wounder if this relationship some people have with their pets is wise ?

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