To the Editor:
One of the dangers of taking a single Bible verse out of context is that the reader is taken down a path that the author did not intend.
In a letter published April 12, Andleeb Ahmed cites Matt. 15:24 as proof that Jesus came to reach the lost people of Israel and had to travel the world to complete this mission.
Jesus’ mission was not only for the Jews. See Luke 2:32. After the baby Jesus is presented at the temple, Simeon says of him, “A light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”
The “sheep not of this fold” that Ahmed cites from John 10:15-16 are not Jews in other lands, but the Gentiles who had been separated from God. As a Gentile, I happily am a dog taking the crumbs from the Master’s table. (Matt. 15:27)
Jesus’ mission was not simply to bring about political change or a new way of teaching. Indeed, His death on the cross was not a failure, as Ahmed postulates, but His greatest triumph.
Since the time of the Exodus from Egypt, Israel celebrated the Passover every year to remember God’s deliverance from slavery. Jesus came to free all His people from slavery to sin and to be the perfect sacrifice.
“For Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed. Let us therefore, celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven (sin) but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” (1 Cor. 5:7-8)
Brian J. Crow
Lake in the Hills