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. (Matthew 15:21-28, NKJV)
Last week, I promised to tell you why Jesus refused to heal a woman’s daughter of devils until she put him in a no win situation. Jesus had already told the woman it’s not good to give the children’s bread to dogs. The woman refused to take no for an answer. Jesus knew if he gave her want she wanted, she would hate him. If he didn’t give her what she wanted, she would hate him. We will never be able to lay a claim of wrongdoing at his feet. If you are going to hate him, it will be your fault not his. If you think you are smarter than God is and refuse to be denied, he will give you what you want.
To understand why Jesus initially told the woman, “NO”, we need to consider a few important points. First, the woman’s daughter was full of devils. Devils cannot possess unless we give them permission. Second, the daughter was not seeking help. Therefore, the daughter was involved in worshipping devils. Third, the woman primarily wanted relief from a daughter that was making her life a misery. Her solution was for the devils to leave.
If you back up from Matthew 15 to Matthew 12 Jesus already explained what happens when devils leave.
“When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first.” (Matthew 12:43-45, NKJV)
Devils leave, but they also return. Jesus knew healing the woman’s daughter would not be good because the daughter was not seeking his help, and the devils who left would return to an empty clean house. Ultimately, they mother’s solution to her problem made the problem seven times worse. When God says “No” he has a really good reason.
LOG ON NEXT WEEK FOR PART 10: THE WORD OF THE LORD