Mark 7:24-30; Matthew 15:21-28
This is the 25th recorded miracle of Jesus. A Gentile woman, a Greek, had a daughter possessed with a devil, an unclean spirit.
Jesus had entered into another town, in hopes of finding a private place, away from the multitudes that sought Him.
Yet this woman, determined, persistent, and tenacious found Him and fell at His feet.
Persistent, tenacious, determined:
< She had a need, she refused to allow this evil spirit to torment her daughter any longer. She had heard of this man, and would not rest, until she found Him, and received an answer to her prayers.
< She fell on her face and worshiped.
Why is Worship so important?
It is acknowledging there is only One place to find and receive relief for our troubles.
Her hope was not in physicians, medicines, or positive thinking. No, she knew she must touch the Master. (Mark 6:56: “As many as touched Him were made whole.”)
< People will seek the Power of God. It is what grows the Kingdom. It is not our programs, our music, or our children’s ministry.
We must have God’s amazing presence in our Services.
People are looking for answers, comfort, and healing. It is only found in the presence God.
She cried out, to His Disciples. The Disciples asked Him to send her away. She cried out to Him.
< Jesus did not immediately grant her request. She was again persistent, and told Him exactly what she needed.
< She let Him know, it was a little thing, a nothing for the Creator of the Universe, to cast out a devil. She understood His authority, His Power, and even His will.
She was asking for His leftovers. A minor, little thing.
For this saying:
< The words of our mouth, our thoughts. Are they acceptable to the Lord?
Because of her faith, shown by her Finding Him, Crying out to Him, her Acknowledgement of His Authority, her Worship, Humbleness, and Persistence.
He granted her request.
Mark 7:24-30 (KJV)
24 And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid.
25 For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet:
26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.
27 But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.
28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs.
29 And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.
30 And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.
Matthew 15:21-28 (KJV)
21 Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.
22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.
27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.
28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.