The Children’s Bread 9/12
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.
To understand why Jesus initially told the woman, “NO”, we need to consider a few important facts. First, the woman’s daughter was full of devils. Devils cannot possess us unless we give them permission. Second, the daughter was not seeking help. Therefore, the daughter was involved in worshipping devils. Third, the woman approached Jesus crying help me. She wanted relief from a daughter full of devils, but that did not mean her daughter wanted the devils to leave.
Mom’s solution to her problem, cast out the devils, was well within Jesus’ ability to implement. But if we 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)
Jesus can cast out devils, but that does not stop them from returning. He knew healing the woman’s daughter would not be good because the daughter was not seeking his help, and the devils he cast out would return to an empty clean house. Ultimately, the mother’s solution would have made the problem seven times worse. When God says “No” he has a good reason.
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