21 Now Yeshua left from there and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a Canaanite woman from that district came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, O Master, Ben-David! My daughter is severely tormented by a demon.” 23 But He did not answer her a word. . . . source
A Canaanite woman! If you are familiar with Biblical history, you know something of what that means! For insight click HERE.
But He did not answer her a word.
How rude is that! Even if she thought it, she did not back away; what she desired was much too important.
How many of us know JESUS was and is never rude? How many of us have conducted our thoughts down avenues that would defy that? Shall we read on?
. . . And when His disciples came, they were urging Him, saying, “Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.”
It would appear the Disciples thought she was rude. Send her away they said, she’s persistent and loud. How many of us know some things are so important and so dear to us that persistent and loud is necessary?
Lets read on.
24 But He responded, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Hmm. Interesting response.
25 So she came and got down on her knees before Him, saying, “Master, help me!”
Wow! Moved right into that conversation, didn’t she? She’s one bold woman! Desperation can do that. I think JESUS likes bold. So what does He say to her?
26 And answering, He said, “It’s not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
Oh my she could have been real offended at that. Or perhaps not. When we want GOD’s attention we just might need to acknowledge where we are and who we are even if it smarts a bit in the beginning. You see, I figure being a Canaanite she was well familiar with that dog label.
Lets read on.
27 But she said, “Yes, Master, but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”
And here it is. The key to it all! Yes LORD I am outside the commonwealth of Israel, yes I am a sinner, undone and unclean BUT You are GOD and You are good and I trust You.
And then He said!
28 Then answering, Yeshua said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed in that very hour.
What if this woman had been offended at JESUS for His not a word? What if she had just walked away? What if she had not pursued Him? What if she had fallen prey to thinking He was just another rude man?
It was a test. A test she passed. He knew she would. But she didn’t. She needed to walk out her fresh faith in the GOD MAN, she needed to know in practice that her faith was well placed.
Next time we get not a word, I hope we will remember this humble yet bold woman and the GOD-MAN who loves her and us.