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Enduring Faith

Enduring Faith

Dear woman, Jesus said to her, “your faith is great. Your request is granted.” And her daughter was instantly healed.” Mat. 15:28

This was a Canaanite woman who came to Jesus. She was from the region of Tyre and Sidon from which Jesus said:

Then Jesus began to denounce the towns where he had done so many of his miracles, because they hadn’t repented of their sins and turned to God. “What sorrow awaits you, Korazin and Bethsaida! For if the miracles I did in you had been done in wicked Tyre and Sidon, their people would have repented of their sins long ago, clothing themselves in burlap and throwing ashes on their heads to show their remorse. I tell you, Tyre and Sidon will be better off on judgment day than you.” Mat. 11:20

The people in Tyre and Sidon did not see the many miracles Jesus did for the Jews but still we see a woman from that region having such a great faith in Jesus. The Jews rejected Jesus and did not believe in Him even though He did so many miracles. The Jews heard the very Word of God and yet they accused Jesus of being demon possessed. How is it possible that a woman who had less understanding than the Pharisees believed in Jesus so mightily? Or what about the Roman officer to whom Jesus said he had the greatest faith in all Israel?

I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel! And I tell you this, that many Gentiles will come from all over the world—from east and west—and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the feast in the Kingdom of Heaven. But many Israelites—those for whom the Kingdom was prepared—will be thrown into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Mat. 8:10

It is a sad truth that a mind can be filled up with doctrines and theological knowledge and the heart still faithless. This was the case for the Pharisees. They were blinded by their knowledge. It was obvious to those who had little knowledge of the scripture to discern the Messiah. Just a few information about Jesus was enough to make people far away from God recognize the Messiah.  But why is it that the experts in religion failed to acknowledge the Messiah? Knowledge without faith leads to pride, spiritual blindness and evil actions.

What made that woman earn this reputation in faith?

1. She insisted even if she was not a Jew to bother Jesus as she was convinced that only Jesus could help her. It is important to note that Jews despised Gentiles and had no relation with them. Despite this social conflict, she still decided to come to Him.

2. When she came she started to plead Jesus to heal her daughter. It was not just a silent request. It was a determined effort. But what happened ?

Matthew tells us:

But Jesus gave her no reply, not even a word. Then his disciples urged him to send her away. “Tell her to go away,” they said. “She is bothering us with all her begging.”

Jesus gave her no reply, not even a word telling her He heard her. This should have been enough to discourage this woman. She could have given up and said, “I tried to talk to Jesus but He did not want to listen to me

3. Not only Jesus did not reply her but the disciples around were trying to get rid of her. The disciple urged Jesus to send her away. No one likes to feel that he/she is a source of discomfort. This woman saw that the disciples of Jesus were also rejecting her and felt bothered by her presence. How many of us would have given up at this point? I guess many of us.

4. Finally Jesus replied and said:

Then Jesus said to the woman, I was sent only to help God’s lost sheep—the people of Israel.”

That was a clear message now. Jesus Himself said that she was not part of God’s plan. It was His mission to save the Israelites and not Gentiles. Most probably, I would have personally given up at this point. Why should she continue bothering Jesus if she was not on His agenda?

5. Now what was amazing was that “she came and worshiped him, pleading again, Lord, help me!”. I can’t understand such a faith. Maybe her daughter was so tormented by the devil that it gave her guts to persist till that point. Jesus was the only one she knew who could deliver her daughter. Now we clearly see that she did not come just to receive a blessing or miracle, she came and worshiped Jesus before everyone.  Very few people at that time would dare worshiping Jesus publicly. This could have been considered blasphemy. She knew in her heart that Jesus was God. Very few Jews at that time could believe that. So yes, she continued to plead asking Jesus to help her. She had reverence.

6. So once again Jesus responded, “It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”

How far could she take in this rejection? Here, we see Jesus explaining her again that He cannot give spiritual blessings to those who did not deserve it. Spiritual blessings were for the children. Jesus could not waste it on Gentiles who were not God’s people. She could have been offended by that hard statement and fumed away in anger. This woman had humility and respect. She did not retort as would have done a Pharisee. She considered Jesus as Lord.

7. She then replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even dogs are allowed to eat the scraps that fall beneath their masters’ table.”

She excelled at this point. First she agreed with what Jesus said. Secondly she was humble to admit that she did not deserve anything as she was not part of God’s children. She took at word Jesus’ statement and said that she would be satisfied of a crumb that fell down. She literally lowered herself like an animal – a dog. She agreed she was inferior, she respected Jesus’ statement but added that she will be contented with the rest. How many of us would have behaved like this woman? She had such a hunger for spiritual blessings that she would take any pieces of spiritual blessings left over. Many times we take our spiritual blessings for granted. This woman valued much this blessing.

She wisely answered Jesus. She worshiped Jesus, showed evidence of her faith, demonstrated humility, gentleness, reverence, patience, wisdom, respect and perseverance.

It paid out. Jesus said:

Dear woman,Jesus said to her, “your faith is great. Your request is granted.” And her daughter was instantly healed.”

This was a huge lesson for the disciples and the Jews around. Throughout the scripture, we see that faith in God is something He takes pleasure in to the point that even mountains He is willing to move because of our faith.


Posted February 6, 2014 by Cedric in My writings (English)

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