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Matthew 15:1-28 "What the world needs now is love, sweet love It's the only thing that there's just too little of What the world needs now is love, sweet love, No not just for some but for everyone.' These words were written in 1965 and have been sung by others to greater effect, but they're still true today. They were true even in the time of Jesus, and certainly during the time when Matthew's gospel was written. Most scholars believe that Mathew's audience was mostly Jewish — and some curious seekers as well — and probably worshiped in synagogues and followed the teachings of a local Rabi. As they began to follow the way of Jesus, they learned quickly that he was different. Jesus moved around a lot, and taught and healed, and word spread of his amazing work. There were these stories of healing and power over spiritual forces that must have been circulating about him long before his death and resurrection. Why else would the keepers of tradition come a…

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