Scripture Motto

"Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." Matthew 5:16

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

S is for Syrophoenician women

Women of the Bible from A to Z series

“Now the woman was a Gentile, of the Syrophoenician race. 
And she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter.” 
Mark 7:26 nasb

She was an unnamed woman from the region of Tyre and Sidon, a Canaanite, a Greek, a Gentile born in Syrian, Phoenicia…and a woman. She sought Jesus out, despite their differences, and cried outside where He was staying. “Have mercy on me, Lord, son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.”

When Jesus didn’t respond, His disciples pleaded with Him to send this persistent woman away. Jesus said, “I was sent only to help God’s lost sheep—the people of Israel. First I should feed the children—my own family, the Jews. It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”

That didn’t dissuade the fraught mother. She bowed before him and begged. “Lord, help me!” She recognized the truth of His words, but responded in such a way, it cut to the quick of the Son of God’s heart. “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under their master’s table feed on the children’s crumbs.”

Her faith touched His heart. “Dear woman, your faith is great. Your request is granted.”

Her daughter was healed at once...by her faith.

Another woman had such faith; a woman amongst a crowd surrounding Christ. “If I can joust touch his rob, I will be healed.” Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, ‘Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.’” Matthew 9:21-22 nlt

These women had faith like a mustard seed; the kind that moves mountains, heals the sick, raises the dead, and cast out demons. May our faith be encouraged by these women.

[See Matthew 15:21 & Mark 7:24-30]

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