Leviticus 16:29-18:30; Mark 7:24-8:10; Psalm 41: 1-13; Proverbs 10:15-16
All the woman knew was that a man named Jesus had special powers. He wasn’t from her neck of the woods–Gentile territory–but here he was. She’d found him.
Falling at his feet she begged Jesus to free her little daughter from an evil spirit.
I’m surprised at Jesus’ response.
“First let the children eat all they want” he told her, “for it’s not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” Mk. 7:27
Hmmmmm….he’s calling her a dog? Th desperate mother doesn’t miss a beat…
Aware of her lowly position she identifies with the dog. “Yes Lord, she replies,”but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Mk 7:28
A crumb would suffice.
So would her faith.
“Then He told her, ‘For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.'” Mk. 7:29
Our savvy sister didn’t beg Jesus to come home with her to “make sure”–she simply left in faith and found her daughter whole.
Lord God, thank you that the Good News of Jesus and His gifts of healing and restoration reaches out to ALL people. Thank you for this story of a woman who’s faith crossed the gap between Jews and Gentiles to the Savior who is Lord of all. May your Word be taken to all the people of the world and free all those who live in darkness. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.
“Blessed is he who has regard for the weak.” Psalm 41:1