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28 April 2009

Scripture:

26 “It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs,” he said. 27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “but even dogs are permitted to eat crumbs that fall beneath their master’s table.” 28 “Woman,” Jesus said to her, “your faith is great. Your request is granted.” And her daughter was instantly healed. (Matthew 15:26-28 NLT)

Jesus was outside of Israeli territory in the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon. Even there his reputation had preceded him and a Canaanite woman came down from the hills, dogging his steps, begging him to heal her daughter.

She forced her way to Jesus and dropped to her knees before him, pleading for healing for the daughter she loved. Jesus insulted her with a racial slur. She persisted, refusing to react to the racial remark. Jesus healed her daughter and praised her for her “dogged” faith and determination.

What a lesson to me! She loved her daughter so much that she put up with rejection and prejudice and didn’t react in any way. She just kept pressing in and pleading for a miracle.

Jesus praised the faith he found in two people. One a Roman military commander who loved his dying servant and understood real authority and its relationship to real power, and one a Canaanite woman who loved her daughter so much she didn’t react to rejection and even to being called a dog.

I wonder how Jesus feels about my faith?

Prayer:

Father, forgive me for being so easily distracted and reactive to external influences. I want to have “dogged” faith like the Canaanite woman.

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