When the Canaanite woman pressed Jesus for help in Matthew 15, He said, “I was sent ONLY to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” If she would have held to the theology of “God said it, I believe it, that settles it.”, she would have walked away at that point…
He wasn’t joking, but she wasn’t playing.
If Ezekiel would have held to the theology of “God said it, I believe it, that settles it”, he would have have eaten bread with a coating of human dung. God gave Ezekiel this imperative command: “You shall eat it as a barley cake, having baked it in their sight over human dung.”–Ezekiel 4:12. Instead Ezekiel shot back at God saying: “Not so, Sovereign Lord! I have never defiled myself. From my youth until now I have never eaten anything found dead or torn by wild animals. No impure meat has ever entered my mouth.” 15“Very well,” he said, “I will let you bake your bread over cow dung instead of human excrement.” The option wasn’t great, but I guess it was something that Zeke could swallow.
God wasn’t joking, but Ezekiel wasn’t playing.
If Mary held to the theology of “God said it…That settles it”. The water would have never turned to wine. Jesus told her “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has NOT yet come.” HE WASNT JOKING, but she knew He could be persuaded. She dismissed His resistance. As a result of her belief that He could be persuaded, water became wine (John 2).
The Son of God wasn’t joking, but His Mother knew He could be persuaded.
In Genesis 32, Jacob wrestled with God or an angel all night long. The bible tells us that Jacob prevailed and got his request for a blessing. He was given the name Israel because “for you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed.” Jacob prevailed, he won and got his request.
These people wrestled with God and won their case. None of these people settled for “God said it, I believe it, and that settles it”. They wrestled in prayer to God and things were changed.
The theology of “God said it…and that settles it” has destroyed the Church’s ability to persist in prevailing prayer. Today, many pray from a place of rote obedience or double-mindedness, believing that everything is completely destined and there is no wiggle room in God’s plan. Why bother to plead before God if nothing can be changed? Don’t tell the Canaanite Woman, Ezekiel, Mary, or Jacob that you cannot prevail and win in prayer and dialogue with God. They would tell you that prayer changes things.