Matthew 15:29-31 – God is Glorified by Yeshua’s Miracles

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POSTED 04 NOVEMBER, 2017

“Departing from there, Yeshua went along by the Sea of Galilee, and having gone up on the mountain, He was sitting there. And large crowds came to Him, bringing with them those who were lame, crippled, blind, mute, and many others, and they laid them down at His feet; and He healed them. So the crowd marveled as they saw the mute speaking, the crippled restored, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.”

reproduced from Salvation on the Line, Volume I

Various proponents of a low Christology, witnessing how Yeshua was healing various people with significant needs—“great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the dumb, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them” (Matthew 15:30, RSV)—may claim that Yeshua was only acting like a Prophet from Ancient Israel, via such miracles, and/or just a supernatural but ultimately created agent sent from God. The response from the audience, to all that was taking place, as narrated in Matthew 15:31, was kai edoxasan ton Theon Israēl, “And they praised the God of Israel” (TLV).[1]

Immediately prior to Matthew recording how Yeshua was healing people along the Sea of Galilee, His encounter with The Syrophoenician or Canaanite woman (also Mark 7:24-30) is detailed:

“Yeshua went away from there, and withdrew into the district of Tyre and Sidon. And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, ‘Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.’ But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, ‘Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.’ But He answered and said, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ But she came and began to bow down before Him[2], saying, ‘Lord, help me!’ And He answered and said, ‘It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.’ But she said, ‘Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.’ Then Yeshua said to her, ‘O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish’ And her daughter was healed at once” (Matthew 15:21-28).

According to Mark 7:24, “Now the woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth” (RSV). Recognizing how the region of the Galilee was not entirely Jewish, is important for readers to consider, especially as it concerns the point of Matthew 15:31: “and they glorified the God of Yisra’el” (HNV). Aaron M. Gale specifies in The Jewish Annotated New Testament, “Here the phrase might indicate a Gentile crowd.”[3] If indeed, the majority of the audience which was being healed were pagans, then a recognition of the power of the One True God of Israel would be necessary first, before any conclusions could be made or discerned about the nature of the Messiah present.

Polytheistic pagans, when seeing the God of Israel move, must first acknowledge Him and His exclusivity before they can deduce anything about the origins of the Messiah. In Yeshua’s prayer of John 17:3, the Messiah would later state, “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Yeshua the Messiah whom You have sent.” If anyone is to have eternal life in the Messiah Yeshua, they must first recognize the Lord God or YHWH as the exclusive Deity, dismissing all other potential gods or goddesses (discussed further). Once this is accomplished, then it can be recognized—as those who advocate a high Christology would affirm—that Yeshua is integrated into the Divine Identity.


NOTES

[1] The CJB actually has, “and they said a b’rakhah [blessing] to the God of Isra’el.”

[2] Grk. hē de elousa prosekunei autō; or, “But she came and worshipped him” (American Standard Version).

[3] Aaron M. Gale, “The Gospel According to Matthew,” in The Jewish Annotated New Testament, 29.


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