This is an unusual miracle since it occurs well outside the borders of Israel and represents one of the few occasions that our Lord travelled to another country. The gospel stories are so familiar that perhaps we can lose some of the shock that must have been experienced by those who were first to read it. The words of the Lord Jesus are shocking but as always there is a point.
- This is not a ministry tour
- The disciples ask Jesus to send her away
- Jesus does not answer
- Sometimes heaven is silent
- The woman was descended from one of Israel’s oldest enemies
- Jesus is Israel’s Messiah
- The good news is preached to first to Israel
- These were hard words for the woman to hear
- Jesus often spoke hard words
- Are we prepared to preach and hear hard words?
- Are we prepared to witness with hard words?
- Have we diluted the gospel?
- The silence and hard words lead to faith
- “Herein she reads us all a lesson. If we have had no answer to our pleading, do not give up, but go nearer to Christ.” (Spurgeon, quoted on Enduring Word. Com )
- Faith is found in unusual places
- “Woman, you have great faith!” – the only person to hear such a commendation
- “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up” – Luke 18:1
- She recognized who Jesus is
- She worshipped him
- She was persistent
- She was humble
- She sought grace
- Her prayer was answered
- We can learn from this woman