We must respond to the compassion of Jesus in faith and worship. It is common to hear someone say, “The God of the Bible is really mean”. They point to God punishing wickedness in Sodom and Gomorrah or giving the Law or even last week’s text where Jesus refers to a woman as a ‘dog’. But I hope you see that this is a skewed and uninformed reading of Scripture. A one-dimensional look at the vastly-dimensional God of Scripture will always fall short. Yes, God gives Law and God punishes but it is out of those two things that also comes God’s greatest act of love, the cross. I find it interesting that after one of these “harsh” texts of Jesus comes one of his greatest acts of compassion in our text today. In our passage, we read that Jesus healed and fed the Gentile crowd.