Life Is a Highway: “Pick up Hitch-Hikers” – Pastor Bruce Lerum

Matthew 15:21-28; Acts 16:16-24

How can I when I don’t know who they are?

Matthew 15:21 “Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.”

I know I should, but they aren’t like me!

Matthew 15:22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me!

Oh, I get it. It’s not about ME! It’s about the THEM.

Acts 16:23 “After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully.”

Study Questions:

1. Jesus ventured into an area that was not frequented by Jews. How would the woman have known who Jesus was?

2. Jesus’ disciples were disgusted that Jesus would even speak to this woman. What would their reasoning be for this behavior?

3. The Canaanite woman was not like them. She wasn’t a Jew. Do we tend to look through a similar “lens” as the disciples? What do we see?

4. Think about your perception one, five, or ten years ago of people who have a different skin color, political view, or religious background than yourself. What is the difference between then and now? What may have caused this?

5. What would it mean for you (all of us) to step outside the proverbial box and be welcoming to someone who is different than we are? To “pick up a hitchhiker” that we don’t know?