21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”
23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”
24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.
26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”
28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.
Here we see Jesus step out of his territory (the land of the Jews) into a gentile nation (Tyre and Sidon), a supposed unclean gentile woman (dirty and full of sin according to the Jewish status and culture) approached Jesus seeking healing for her demon-possessed child. The disciples must have outrightly written this woman off in their hearts as they believed they (the Jews) should have nothing to do with gentiles moreover she is just a woman.
Jesus going along with their thoughts (customs) neglected the woman’s call, and when his attention was drawn by his disciples to the plea of the woman, he answered rather in a strange and unfriendly manner “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs”
I could imagine the religious Jewish faithful concurring to Jesus’s response to the woman. “Yeah… bread is meant for children and not dogs” they must have said. However, the story took a different turn as the woman’s response to Jesus broke the great wall separating the Jews from the Gentiles. “Yes, Lord, but even dogs eat from the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table”.
What a great response expressing the woman’s faith and humility. Jesus moved by her response exclaimed “Woman, you have great faith! your request is granted”.
The food for the children became food also for dogs
Dear friend, is their anyone (believer or unbeliever) you have been looking down on? Do you consider yourself higher than anyone (Romans 12:3)? The life and ministry of Jesus are documented in the bible to teach us how to live. Christ is Christ for all treat people the way Jesus would treat them.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Mathew 5:16)
Are you yet to make the great decision of making Christ your Lord? Christ is Christ for all men, his mission on earth is to restore your relationship with God. God is Holy, man can never fulfill the Holy requirements of God by observing the law. Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s righteous requirements given freely to all who believe in Him.
Allow Jesus do what you can never do for yourself, invite Him to become your righteousness by simply saying this prayer aloud:
“Lord Jesus, I confess I am a sinner and need your righteousness. I believe you are God sent to restore me to God. Come into my heart and be my Lord. Amen”
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By Joshua Sopuru