This Week's Bible Topic
Over time, Joseph forgave his brothers. The Canaanite woman
spoke truth to Jesus. Both made a huge impact on their world, and on ours.
Bible Verses for this week:
Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all those who stood by
him, and he cried out, "Send everyone away from me." So no one stayed with
him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 2And he wept
so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard
it. 3Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph. Is my father
still alive?" But his brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they
at his presence. 4Then Joseph said to his brothers, "Come closer
to me." And they came closer. He said, "I am your brother, Joseph, whom you
sold into Egypt. 5And now do not be distressed, or angry with
yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to
preserve life.6For the famine has been in the land these two
years; and there are five more years in which there will be neither plowing
nor harvest. 7God sent me before you to preserve for you a
remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. 8So
it was not you who sent me here, but God; he has made me a father to
Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. 9Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, 'Thus says your
son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not
delay. 10You shall settle in the land of Goshen, and you shall
be near me, you and your children and your children's children, as well as
your flocks, your herds, and all that you have. 11I will provide
for you there-since there are five more years of famine to come-so that you
and your household, and all that you have, will not come to poverty.' 12And now your eyes and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see that
it is my own mouth that speaks to you. 13You must tell my father
how greatly I am honored in Egypt, and all that you have seen. Hurry and
bring my father down here." 14Then he fell upon his brother
Benjamin's neck and wept, while Benjamin wept upon his neck. 15
And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his
brothers talked with him.
Matthew 15: (10-20) 21-28
Then he called the crowd to him and said to them, "Listen and
it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is
what comes out of the mouth that defiles."
Then the disciples approached and said to him, "Do you know that the
Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?"
He answered, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will
Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if one blind
person guides another, both will fall into a pit."
But Peter said to him, "Explain this parable to us."
Then he said, "Are you also still without understanding?
Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach,
and goes out into the sewer?
But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is
For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery,
fornication, theft, false witness, slander.
These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not
Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and
started shouting, "Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is
tormented by a demon." 23But he did not answer her at all. And
his disciples came and urged him, saying, "Send her away, for she keeps
shouting after us." 24He answered, "I was sent only to the lost
sheep of the house of Israel." 25But she came and knelt before
him, saying, "Lord, help me." 26He answered, "It is not fair to
take the children's food and throw it to the dogs." 27She said,
"Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters'
table." 28Then Jesus answered her, "Woman, great is your faith!
Let it be done for you as you wish." And her daughter was healed instantly.