Sunday, December 3rd, 2017
Imperfect Heroes (Part 55)
The Canaanite Woman
She kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 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.' But she answered and said to Him, 'Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children's crumbs.' And He said to her, 'Because of this answer go; the demon has gone out of your daughter.'
Mark 7:26-29 (NASB)
Not many people were plucky enough to challenge Jesus verbally--and win! Jewish leaders tried to trip Him with words and lost every debate they began. But one lady, an outsider by birth, approached The Word with wit and selflessness, with reverence and a desperate plea.
So The Word paused to hear her argument and He commended her logical faith. Much to the surprise of His disciples (who were trying to protect their Master from undesirable interruptions), He granted her request and delivered her demon-possesed daughter remotely.
What can we learn from this daring lady?
1) God rewards bold, faithful, reverential determination throughout the Bible.
2) Not taking a risk is the greater risk where matters of faith and works are concerned.
3) We must not confine our faith in four walls. Note how Christ always extended Himself.
To Be Continued...
* Two Gospel accounts of this encounter: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+15%3A21-28%2CMark+7%3A24-30
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.