David Armstrong Discusses Jesus and Phoenician Woman
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on June 25, 2016 began a welcome and announcements by Bob Gustafson and an introit by Mark Kent.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”. Bob Gustafson then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Haniel (2016 graduate) then called for the offering, which was for local conference advance. Tony (2016 graduate) and Clifton Brandt then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local conference advance. The congregation sang the doxology, and Bob Gustafson prayed for the offering.
Susan Athearn then told the children a story about God calling us. Samantha (9th grader) and Edi (elementary) sang a vocal duet for special music. David Armstrong discussed the topic “He Could Not Be Hid”. The congregation sang “O, Love, How Deep, How Broad”. David Armstrong had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Bob Gustafson – Laurelbrook vice-president / farm manager
Clifton Brandt – local head church deacon / works with Laurelbrook’s water, sewer, and boiler systems
David Armstrong – son-in-law of Clayton Brandt, long-time Laurelbrook staff member
Mark Kent – Laurelbrook IT specialist
Susan Athearn – works in the business office of the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Following are some notes on the sermon by David Armstrong:
- An active ministry often reveals how we react to situations. Taking a look at Jesus’ life gives us some pointers on how to react.
- Mark 7:24 “And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know [it]: but he could not be hid.” The people were heathen descendants of the old Canaanites. Jesus was trying to find a place to rest.
- The disciples had gone out in pairs to witness – they needed time to have their mistakes analyzed.
- Because of Jesus’ compassion, He was willing to interrupt His vacation for an act of kindness.
- He knew that there was a lady and her daughter; the daughter had an unclean spirit. Mark 7:25 “For a [certain] woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet.”
- The woman had heard about Jesus after probably trying all the services of the heathen gods. She apparently had heard that Jesus healed both rich and poor.
- It took a lot of faith and boldness for a heathen woman to ask a Jewish teacher to heal her daughter because of the barriers or electric fences that the Jews had built around themselves.
- At first Jesus received the woman very much like the Jews would. Apparently the woman followed Jesus and His disciples down the road, pleading with them.
- Mark 7: 27 “But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast [it] unto the dogs.” Jesus showed that lady compassion despite his rough answer.
- The woman noticed His compassion answered that even the dogs get the crumbs. Mark 7:28 “And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs.”
- She passed her test; her daughter was healed. Mark 7:29-30 “29 And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter. 30 And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.”
- This is really the first time that a person who really had no claim to compassion (she was a heathen, after all) received the benefit of a miracle.
- Jesus wanted to open the minds of His disciples to fields of effort they had not noticed before.
- Jesus had told His disciples to go to the Jews first, but He also wanted them to realize that the Gentiles were people also and worthy of salvation.