The perfect song for today: Fred Hammond: A Song of Strength
If you had a chance to read my take on the parable of the Persistent Widow yesterday, you’ll remember my theological struggle.
Today, my devotional time took me even deeper into that. This time it was not a parable, but a real encounter Christ had while he was on earth. This time from Matthew 15 (ESV):
22And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.” 23But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying out after us.” 24He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26And he answered, “It is not right to take the children’s bread andthrow it to the dogs.” 27She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 28Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
I don’t know about you but when I read Jesus response:
1) She is “snobbed” as he firstly doesn’t respond
2) She is alluded to as outside of the “house of Israel”
3) She is then forced to compare herself to a dog who is not worthy to dine at the Masters table.
What seems like blatant bigotry turned out to be a test of faith for her, and she passed with flying colours. Jesus was not just for the house of Israel, that was presumed by most who had chosen to follow Him. I also believe that as his disciples were with him, they would also see essentially that Jesus had come to saved the lost sheep of the planet, and not just the ones from Israel.
This lady who went on behalf of her daughter for healing and persisted in her faith is a hero to me. Willing to take whatever was thrown at her, and even from Jesus himself. Only to prove that her faith was one of a desperate yet genuine nature.
Be encouraged to hold on, and press in to God today. He has made himself available for ALL! And that includes you…