Mark 7:24-30 – “Jesus got up and went away from there to the region of Tyre. And when He had entered a house, He wanted no one to know of it; yet He could not escape notice. 25 But after hearing of Him, a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately came and fell at His feet. 26 Now the woman was a Gentile, of the Syrophoenician race. And she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27 And He was saying to her, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 28 But she answered and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children’s crumbs.” 29 And He said to her, “Because of this answer go; the demon has gone out of your daughter.” 30 And going back to her home, she found the child lying on the bed, the demon having left.” NASU
Jesus said in the Beatitudes (Matthew 5), “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” He repeatedly informed us that “if we seek Him we will find Him or be found of Him.” He instructed us in (Matthew 7), to “Ask, seek, and knock” which by implication instructs importunity and persistence. It demands a determination and persistence that we will be satisfied with nothing short of the answer. Here, we have an object lesson or a teaching moment in Scripture of both persistence, faith, and grace.
A woman, not a Jew, heard of Jesus and knew of His location and managed to come near Him. Sadly, too often we seem to be unaware of where He is and thereby fail to come near. This woman had a daughter that was demon-possessed and she had heard of Jesus’ miracles and power and had such a love for her child she was determined for deliverance. She probably was making somewhat of a scene in her constant petition for Jesus to heal her child and cast out the devil. Jesus said, and it seems, more than once, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” In our Politically Correct world, Jesus would have been branded a bigot and a racist for He just called this Gentile woman a dog. His statement was an insult to those of her race. Jesus would have been attacked vehemently for his insensitivity and compassion. Yet, He was seeking something and revealing something in this powerful moment.
This woman, rather than becoming offended, and holding a press conference or posting on Social Media the insensitivity of Jesus she said, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children’s crumbs.” AMAZING! She was so hungry for God’s mercy and the deliverance of her child she identified herself as unworthy but addressed the Grace of God that even those unworthy are made worthy by His Grace and Love. When she said this, Jesus, not because it changed His mind but so that those watching and hearing would realize that Jesus was looking for humility, faith, and persistence and found it in that statement. He HEALED the child and set her free.
May we humble ourselves and come before Him determined to press in and touch the hem of His garment determined to not go until we receive His touch in and on our lives. May we recognize our unworthiness and realize that we are made worthy through Him and He invites us to enter His presence. May we become desperate enough to receive!
God, bless you as you embark on today’s leg of your life’s journey in Christ Jesus our Lord!