Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Gentile woman who lived there came to him, pleading, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! For my daughter is possessed by a demon that torments her severely.”
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.”
Then Jesus said to the woman, “I was sent only to help God’s lost sheep—the people of Israel.”
But she came and worshiped him, pleading again, “Lord, help me!”
Jesus responded, “It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”
She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even dogs are allowed to eat the scraps that fall beneath their masters’ table.”
“Dear woman,” Jesus said to her, “your faith is great. Your request is granted.” And her daughter was instantly healed. Matthew 15:21-28
So here we meet this incredibly determined mother who appears willing to endure being ignored despite her sincere pleading and even an insulting rebuke from Christ as regards her worthiness to have her selfless request granted.
And what does she want specifically?
Not any of those trivial things we have in our “I’m going to ask Jesus about that one when I meet him!” brain file. Not even any of the: Who, What, Where, Why, When, and How we often need answers to. No, this Gentile woman only wants her daughter freed from an evil possessing spirit and she KNOWS all the five “W’s” and even the “H”.
And she knows the answer is Jesus!
Why doesn’t Christ say,“I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel! Like he did when the Roman Commander declared his belief in the healing power of Jesus? That man voiced his empathy with being a commander and his understanding of what Jesus DID command and his request was granted! This woman – falls in worship at Jesus’ feet, declares his Divinity, recognizes his lordship, begs and pleads with him to heal her daughter so why doesn’t Jesus respond positively to her right away?
I do not know for certain.
But let us consider this incredible woman today as we prepare for the Lord’s Table!
How many of us can humble ourselves like this determined mother? How many of us fall literally to our knees, sincerely declaring the lordship of Christ in our lives in a state of honest worship – even when we pray for a desired miracle?
So here is this woman begging and pleading at the FEET OF JESUS and he tells her she isn’t in his target market and his exclusive product simply isn’t available to her. She is not on the “A” list to dine at this banquet table and the delicacies are so exquisite – to share them with her would be like giving them to a dog!!
She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even the dogs under the table are allowed to eat the scraps from the children’s plates.”
What inspires me about the spirit of this dear woman is her obvious understanding that only a crumb or scrap from Jesus is a healing feast for all that troubles her daughter.
What if in place of everything else we need and want from God we start at what we already have been served after we believe, confess and taste of God’s mercy through Christ?.
What if our prayer was this simple, “Lord I give you thanks, your grace is sufficient.”
For truly in the light of the fact we are eternal beings entrusted for a short time with this earthly existence – What else do we need?
This week a friend saw a post I made about drinking 5 gallons of chocolate malt whipped up with my new Christmas blender and he asked if I like chocolate to private message him.
So I did.
He then told me he has a TWO THOUSAND POUND block of chocolate and if I wanted any I could come over and (hack, chop, saw, chisel) take off as much as I wanted! He even said he could deliver it ALL with a skid loader!
Certainly we can not remain at the foot of the cross where we receive Christ’s all sufficient grace – because we must shoulder ours and work in his yoke. However we shouldn’t complicate our faith life beyond this:
We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus.” Acts 15:11
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Ephesians 2:8
So before we go off and whip up gallons of theological solutions to swill – remember the amazing weight lifted from your shoulders the hour you first believed and understand the sweetness of Christ’s amazing grace – it is all sufficient as Paul heard from God in his plea for relief…
Each time he [God] said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
And the grace of God through Christ is even sweeter than a ton of chocolate!!