Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.”
But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.”
And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour. (Mat 15:21-28, NKJV)
A Gentile woman who had heard about Jesus and believed he was the son of David and heir to his throne approached him seeking a miracle. Have mercy on me, my daughters is full of devils she cried. Note that the daughter is not present, which indicates her daughter was old enough to refuse seeking Jesus help. In response to the mother’s plea for mercy, Jesus refused to acknowledge her. The mother didn’t need mercy, her daughter did, and the daughter was not asking for his help.
When Jesus refused to speak to her, she turned to a lesser power – his disciples. The disciples could not help her, so they went to Jesus and complained. They didn’t ask Jesus to help the mother, they asked him to send her away. Jesus didn’t send her away but he did explain to his disciples why he refused to acknowledge her. God had sent him to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Another way of saying the miracles he was capable of performing belonged to God’s children.
When the disciples ignored her, she changed her tactics. Instead of pleading for mercy, she worshipped Jesus. God does not ignore people who worship him. Jesus had no intention of healing the daughter who had not asked for his help, but he did explain why. It is not good to take the children’s bread and give it to dogs. The woman refused to be denied and quickly pointed out that even dogs eat crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.
At this point, the insincerity in the mother’s worship is revealed. If she truly worshipped him, she would have respected his wisdom and accepted that it is not good for her daughter to receive a miracle until she wanted help.
You might argue that Jesus said she had great faith, and by that faith she obtained what she desired. Her daughter was healed. Great doesn’t mean good. WWII is called the “Great War”. Does that mean it was a good war? God gave us faith to obtain what he desires. She ignored Jesus counsel and refused to leave until she obtained what she desired. From the day Eve desired to be wise like God until today, obtaining what wedesire is the source of much pain and suffering.
God is infallible. He owes a debt to no man because he has never wronged anyone. If we back him in a corner with our “great” faith putting him in the position that he is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t, he will give us what we want. The pain we bring into our lives thinking we are smarter than God, is our fault, not his.
If you are thinking I am way off base because her daughter was healed, log on next week and I’ll explain why Jesus said it is not good to give miracles to dogs.
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