Jesus was staying in a house near the cities of Tyre and Sidon. A Gentile woman 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.”
Jesus said nothing at first. His disciples came and urged him, “Tell her to go away — she’s bothering us with all her begging.”
Jesus then gave a rather provocative response:
“I was sent only to help God’s lost sheep — the people of Israel,” he said to the woman.
But she came and worshiped him, pleading again, “Lord, help me!”
“First I should feed the children — my own family, the Jews,” he replied, “for it isn’t right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even the dogs under the table are allowed to eat the scraps from the children’s plates.”
“Good answer!” he said. “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted. Now go home, for the demon has left your daughter.”
And when she arrived home, she found her little girl lying quietly in bed, and the demon was gone.
(Matthew 15:21-28; Mark 7:27-30 (NLT))
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
1. Who exactly is Jesus?
This outsider did what few of God’s own people did: she correctly identified Jesus as “Lord” and “Son of David.”
Jesus acknowledged that he was sent first to the Jews but makes it clear that faith — not a person’s lineage — is what really matters.
To the disciples, the woman was a nuisance, a non-Jewish “dog.” To Jesus, she was a precious person of faith. After probing the depths of her belief, he declared it “great” and instantly healed her daughter from a distance, demonstrating yet again his power over both the natural and the supernatural.
2. What exactly should we do?
We should all be like this woman: come to Jesus and have GREAT FAITH.
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