Matthew 15: 21-28 (NASB)
Jesus went away from there, and withdrew into the district of Tyre and Sidon. And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.” But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, “Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.” But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” But she said, “Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once.
Did Jesus really call her a dog? I remember first reading this scripture and getting offended. I mean how could Jesus talk to her in that way? Didn’t He know that she was already suffering and then it seems as if He insulted her? However, the truth is that Jesus did come for the Jews but they rejected Him. This mother is pleading with Jesus on behalf of her daughter already knowing that He is the only one that can heal her. She was willing to be insulted for the love of her child. Similar to what Jesus went through for us. He didn’t mistreat the woman because He didn’t know how she would respond but He did it for His disciples who hadn’t gotten the whole picture yet. He was teaching them that His love has no limits.
Many of us would have clapped back and given up instead of pressing on anyway. We would have focused too much on His response while forgetting the ultimate purpose. This mother was determined to get what she needed from Jesus by any means necessary. Do you have that same attitude? Are you too prideful to take a hit and keep it moving?
Father, I thank you that your love has no limits. I thank you that no one can tell you to send us away. Your word says in Romans that nothing can separate us from the love God. Thank you for allowing me to feel and see the power of your love towards me. In Jesus name, amen!
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