“There, a woman of Canaan came out of the same regions and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David. My daughter is severely possessed by a demon.” But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and begged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” But He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshipped Him, saying, “Lord, help me.” But He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and to throw it to dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith. Let it be done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.” Matt. 15:22-28

The woman was not a Jewess and did not have their faith.  Somewhere she must have heard about Jesus, that He performed miracles, food miracles, quieted storms.  Somewhere her faith was born, by hearing.  She did not have the right doctrines or teachings but she believed what she had heard about Jesus.  So she dared to come to Jesus and cried out for Him to heal her daughter.

 Jesus did not answer her with a word, but He then answered the disciples that He was only sent to the children of Israel.  Despite what Jesus said, the woman came to Him and worshipped.  She understood that she had His attention, albeit reluctantly.

 Then He answered her that it is not right to take the bread from the children to give it to the dogs.  He called her a dog and that it was not right that she should get anything.  But, she does not get discouraged but answers Him that of course she is a dog, but even dogs get crumbs that the children do not eat.  Then Jesus gives up and says “O woman, great is your faith. Let it be done for you as you desire.”  At the same time, her daughter became free.

 Jesus also said “…Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8 What are we to believe?  Believe in Jesus, His enormous love for you, what He did for you on the cross.  There He took all your shortcomings, sins and diseases, mental illness, everything you have been exposed to, He took it so that you would have His peace, His righteousness, His physical health and His mental health, His purity and holiness.  Everything that was His became yours and everything that was yours became His, on the cross.  That is what we should believe.  If we believe so, then we live and speak like that.  The woman believed and acted on the basis of that belief in Jesus, so she received deliverance for her daughter.  This is the kind of faith Jesus wants to find when He returns.  Great faith.

 / Lydia Billström