|The Canaanite Woman|
After reading from Matthew 15:21-28 New International Version, Pastor Jerry began his sermon with the illustration of a determined mother, Joyce Milgaard.
She was a gritty strong-minded mother who fought for 20 years to secure her son David’s release from prison after he was wrongfully convicted of rape and murder. After so long a time, new technology and DNA proved that her son, David was not guilty and he was eventually set free.
Today we consider a woman in the Bible who loved her demon possessed daughter unconditionally and with persistence she cried to Jesus for help.
Jesus spent a good deal of his ministry in
Galilee, but he was tired and needed to get away where he
hoped he was not so well known. Jesus
knew his time was drawing close so He and his disciples ventured into Canaan where no respecting Jew would go.
There he was recognized by a Gentile mother who shouted and screamed for mercy, because she needed a miracle for her demon possessed daughter.
Jesus ignored the woman and would not answer
her. Finally Jesus almost rudely stated
that he was sent only to the lost sheep of
desperation the woman came and knelt before him, “Lord help me, because my
daughter suffers terribly,” she cried.
Jesus replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
“Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”
Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.