Matthew – God’s Purposes
Leftovers. Do you like leftovers? It depends on how good the meal was the first time around, right? If it was a fantastic meal at a favorite restaurant but I can’t eat it all, then you better believe, I asking for a box to take home what I didn’t eat the first time. However, many times, I leave the box full of a future lunch of leftovers on the table, forgetting what I loved so much.
The Jews were served the Bread of Life and Living Water in the Person of Jesus Christ, but many of God’s Chosen people refused to eat or drink. A Gentile woman comes and asks for just the scraps of what Jesus has to offer from His table of mercy and grace. He blesses her for her faith by healing her demon possessed daughter. “Your faith is great.” Can you imagine our Lord saying that to us? Susan, you’re faith is great. I am getting emotional just thinking about it now.
The key to this woman’s faith in Jesus is HOW she asked for Jesus’ help. She came to Jesus in humble worship of the One who she knew could heal her daughter. Her persistent faith in Jesus got His attention and He saw her heart. I relate to the woman. I am not worthy of all that God has done for me but I will continue to ask for His help, mercy, love and grace because I know He will deliver me when I am going through troubled times as he does all people who believe in Him with all that is in them. He knows my name. He knows my heart.
John 3:16 New Living Translation…
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that EVERYONE who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (Emphasis mine.)
Matthew 15, NLT
The Faith of a Gentile Woman
21 Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Gentile woman who lived there came to him, pleading, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! For my daughter is possessed by a demon that torments her severely.”
23 But Jesus gave her no reply, not even a word. Then his disciples urged him to send her away. “Tell her to go away,” they said. “She is bothering us with all her begging.”
24 Then Jesus said to the woman, “I was sent only to help God’s lost sheep—the people of Israel.”
25 But she came and worshiped him, pleading again, “Lord, help me!”
26 Jesus responded, “It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”
27 She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even dogs are allowed to eat the scraps that fall beneath their masters’ table.”
28 “Dear woman,” Jesus said to her, “your faith is great. Your request is granted.” And her daughter was instantly healed.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending Jesus. Jesus, Lord and Savior, thank you for saving my soul and making me whole again this morning. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for your guidance, comfort, conviction and encouragement. Thank you, Father, for loving us first and always. Thank you for all you have done, are doing and will do in and through us for your glory. Thank you for blessings on top!
In Jesus Name, Amen