Now That’s a Good Dog!

Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. 22And, 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. 23But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. 24But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 25Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. 27And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. 28Then 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. –Matthew 15:21-28

·         The domesticated dog realizes their true condition: we are a dog

·         The domesticated dog realizes their total dependence is on the master

Everything we get is only by the grace and at the mercy of the master

·         The domesticated dog is concerned about others. The care for and protect, even die for the master.

Compare this to the wild dog in Isaiah 56:10. The domestic dog is concerned about the welfare of others, will bark in warning of danger and intruders and will lay down its life for the protection of the master while these other dogs sleep, slumber and do not give a bit of warning.

 

·         The domestic dog stays with the master even when He seems to be ignoring them. They are loyal. (to the master, not the under-Sheppard but if the under-Sheppard is following the master, we need to follow him also!) 

·         The domestic dog worships the master. I remember the dog I had growing up, Sparkey. Mom fed him, we kids loved him but when Dad came home we were all forgotten. Dad had picked him out of the litter and brought him home and he never forgot that. His tail never wagged harder then when Dad showed up and if we kids were playing with the dog, all Dad would have to do is make a whistle and the dog would bound across the living room in 2 leaps and land in Dad’s lap for a little attention from the master…

·         Remember David who “And David danced before the LORD with all [his] might; and David [was] girded with a linen ephod.” (2 Samuel 6:14). It is OK to be excited about meeting with the Lord. It is good to sing, shout (even say Amen sometimes? Raise Hands? Oh my!)

And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart…Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself! …And David said unto Michal, [It was] before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD. And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour. Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death. (2 Samuel 6:16, 21-23)

 

When the Queen spoke out against the king, God was displeased and she was made barren, and had not a child. This was a reproach as women desired to have children (see Hannah, Elizabeth, etc.). Again we are reminded there are consequences for our actions. 

·         I speak of this as someone who was himself a wild dog and not just before I was saved. (Steve & COL). I use to run with the wild dog pack till one day while I was doing a lights-out check one of the guys there, Steve, a good guy overall said to me that I had a “playful-vicious streak”. The words hit home with me like a sledge-hammer. I had started running with the “wild dogs” and have fallen into their way of thinking. It is easy to justify anything you want to when the pastor is “not that spiritual” or “in sin” or “doesn’t know as much as we do about running this place” or “his is too young to know” or “he is too old and is losing it”.  As his words rolled around in my head and as I studied and read things like:

o       Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of [their] conversation. –Hebrews 13:7

o       Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that [is] unprofitable for you. –Hebrew 13:13

·         Remember Them: 3421 mnemoneuo { mnay-mon-yoo’-o} from a derivative of 3420; TDNT – 4:682, 596; v AV – remember 19, be mindful 1, make mention 1; 21 GK – 3648 { mnhmoneuvw } to be mindful of, to remember, to call to mind; to think of and feel for a person or thing; to hold in memory, keep in mind. Also to make mention of.

·         Remember them—their preaching, their praying, their private counsel, their example

·         Remember them (7–8). This may refer to leaders now dead, but their ministry goes on. Remember what they taught you, how they lived, and what they lived for. Church leaders may come and go, but Jesus is the same; and they must fix our eyes on Him

·         Follow their Faith: 3401 mimeomai { mim-eh’-om-ahee}: middle voice from (a “mimic”); TDNT – 4:659, 594; v AV – follow 4; 4-to imitate: any onei

·         Consider the end of their conversation: 391{ an-as-trof-ay’} from 390; TDNT – 7:715, 1093; n f AV – conversation 13; 13 manner of life, conduct, behavior, deportment i

o       And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. [And] be at peace among yourselves. -1 Thessalonians 5:12-13

Are we really doing this? Some are but are we all following and esteeming those who lead us? The situation I found myself in, after repenting, I was truly surprised at how much smarter, how much more spiritual that pastor became after I got my heart right. I can honestly say without reservation I love that man and appreciate his work more now than ever.

o       Why this message? Why now?

o       Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men]. See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men]. -1 Thessalonians 5:14-15

As a warning for 2 reasons:

·         When I say unto the wicked, O wicked [man], thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked [man] shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. –Ezekiel 33:8 I say this as a warning so my hands will be clean of blood.

o       I was driving to work on Friday morning and left the house late so I started down I95 rather than my regular route. I almost immediately hit traffic (and you all must know by now I hate traffic) and was about to bolt to another alternate route when I saw a sign saying “Baymeadows: 5-7 min” so I knew now that by staying on this road I would get where I needed to be quickly as possible and I got to work on time. This is a warning sign, we cannot continue on the road we are on now. It will end in disaster, and we need to right the ship now while there is time.

·         The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. -2 Peter 3:9. The Lord has been patient with me and gave me may warnings, with Bro Walt’s sermon “Running on Empty” and Pastor’s sermon last week I felt if they did not heed those warnings they would not be moved even if “one was raised from the dead” but God wanted this message to go out this day as another warning, maybe the last warning for this church. I am concerned about this church. It has a spirit of rebellion in it and if not stopped one day God will stamp “Ichobod” (the glory is departed or Ichabod = “no glory”[i]) over the door of this church.

There are many reasons dogs may turn wild and if you see some of those traits in you, this is the time to take care of it. They were born that way. The need here is salvation. Maybe they turned wild due to abuse or lack of care. They were hurt and hurt badly somewhere along the line. Do not take that out on the Pastor here now. Let go of that root of bitterness at the alter; God can take care of it, Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (1 Peter 5:7)


[i] Blue Letter Bible. “Dictionary and Word Search for ‘Iy-kabowd (Strong’s 0350)”. Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2007. 12 Jul 2007. < http:// cf.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?

Strongs=H0350&Version=kjv >

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