Love the story of the Canaanite woman and how she puts herself in position for a blessing. But there is so much more to the story..we all certainly know how to act when we get an answer from God…the miracle occurs..the unexpected check comes in the mail..the tumor is gone..but how many of us know how to react in the middle of your crisis to SILENCE. Absolute Silence.
Read with me the following scripture.
Matthew 15:21-28 New International Version (NIV)
The Faith of a Canaanite Woman
21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”
23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”
24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
25 The woman came and knelt before him.“Lord, help me!” she said.
26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
27 “ Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”
28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.”And her daughter was healed at that moment.
Jesus is on a road trip with his disciples..getting away from it all. He has left Genneseret..where he had been pressed by the multitude.. to Tyre and Sidon.
The Canaanite woman obviously hears of Jesus .. recognizing him as a deliverer and healer…and sets out on her quest to find Him.
She has tried everything..it’s time to get radical. Sets out by herself..hitting the road..leaving everything familiar..safe..looking for the one man she knows can help her child.
What would you do for your child.
We don’t know her journey..long or short..thru the valley..fording streams..but she finally catches up..
“Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”
She cries out..again..and again..and again..what does she get…silence
The loving Jesus
The caring Jesus
The miracle working Jesus
Gives her silence.
But she has become radical..she didn’t go through everything she had gone through to accept silence or be quiet.
She cried out so long that the disciples pleaded for Jesus to send her away. But she had not come this far to be sent away.
She continued until finally she got a response but not what she was looking for
He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
She was a Canaanite..not a Israelite..but she knew how to get His attention in His silence…through worship..have mercy…help me….as she drops to her knees…help me…Son of David
You can see the change..the paradigm shift…he replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
It is almost as if he is wrestling with himself..if you keep it up woman I just might have to bless you
I don’t want to cause the blessing is not for you…but I might have to.
She didn’t care if He called her a dog..she was there for her daughter..what ever it took..a dog sure I’m a dog…
“Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”
There she had Him..kneeling at His feet in worship..in position..My God listen to what I am saying…she was in position for her blessing.
Dogs would be at their masters feet..some even curled on their laps..just waiting for a scrap…a crumb…a crumb
Any amount of the blessing that fell to her would still be a blessing.
Analysis a crumb..it has every substance used in the making of the whole.
The children’s blessing…the bread..a crumb of blessing was the same as the whole loaf.
Be in position for your blessing..even if it is just a crumb from the masters table
Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.”And her daughter was healed at that moment.