THE WOMAN’S RESPONSE
The Syrophoenician woman referred to Jesus as the Son of David as she approached Him. The phrase “son of David” alludes to God’s agreement with King David. This covenant covered both the Jewish people and the state of Israel. That covenant inc
luded provision for healing. Because the Syrophoenician was not a Jew, the Davidic Covenant’s promise of healing did not apply to her. Because it would have been against the law, Jesus could not answer her petition as she had intended.
In essence, the Syrophoenician woman was attempting to reap the rewards of a covenant that did not belong to her. It would be similar to you approaching me and referring to me as your husband to use my health insurance even if we are not legally wed. Then why did Jesus heal the girl? His kindness The woman’s cries for forgiveness are depicted in verse 27:
27. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.
When the lady showed self-control and refrained from pressing Jesus for benefits, she was not legally entitled. His charity intervened, and her daughter was healed. In my opinion, this is crucial for us to comprehend as more prayers would be answered if we put more emphasis on God’s mercy rather than our deeds or tried to find a sneaky way to get our requests granted.
God is a good God, and while He desires to bless us more than we desire to be blessed, He will not go against what He has said. In the tale of the Syrophoenician woman, this is demonstrated. This should strengthen everyone’s faith in how seriously God regards the covenant pledges He makes. He will keep His promises. Thus they will materialize since He is a man of His word. We have an agreement.
We can put our faith in God’s mercy because He is merciful. We can rely on His mercy to deliver us even when unaware of the details of our covenant obligations.
This Canaanite woman is remembered for five qualities that aided in her daughter’s release:
1. HUMILITY. “Yet the dogs eat”. The Canaanite woman’s humility and adoration are related to the first lesson to be learned from her faith. The Canaanite woman’s desperation inspired her faith. She was desperate for her daughter’s recovery. She had to swallow her dignity because of her ferocious yearning.
One of the first qualities of the Canaanite woman that we can see and draw inspiration from is that she was humble. She did not have the luxury of riding off into the sunset when death and ruin were at her door, as in the tale of Naaman. She walked up to Jesus and worshiped him. Lord David’s Son, please pity me!
In contrast to the Rich Young Ruler, who didn’t appear to need anything, this woman was in such a precarious position that Jesus was her only chance. She was aware of this. So she approached Jesus in confidence.
She increased the intensity of her worship when her request was ignored. She again questioned as she knelt before Jesus. Pride was fully replaced with humility. How would you rate your pride?
Are you compelled by your need to worship God to the point where you will set all else aside? Thus you can obtain what you require.
2. PATIENCE. “She patiently endured the seemingly reproah by Jesus. The worst kind of street dog that rummaged through garbage was what the Jews meant when they called the gentiles dogs. They were referring to the weak, malnourished dogs. Dogs were also viewed as dirty by them. But Jesus was referring to a domesticated dog as a pet. Jesus softened his address to Mary despite the fact that the Jews intended this moniker as an insult. Jesus probably grinned as he said it, removing the sting and replacing it with a tinge of humor. Being astute, the Canaanite woman reacts in kind.
She suppresses her pride and acknowledges her place in Jewish society. Even dogs consume table scraps left over by their owner. The Canaanite woman had a maturity regarding her emotions, which was one of her traits that made it possible for her to access her blessing. She might have seen Jesus’ remarks as an insult and rushed out of the room. She didn’t, though.
She was able to identify Jesus’ voice and facial expression. She also understood exactly what he was attempting to do. The Canaanite woman is a good example since she didn’t let what the Jews thought of her deter her. She had come to Jesus for business purposes, and she was resisting the urge to give up.
God will occasionally put your neediness to the test. This woman won the battle. What would you do in this circumstance? Would you leave with a damaged feeling in your heart? Or would you accept whatever is offered to you in order to obtain what you require? Consider the Canaanite woman’s lesson and consider how you can use it inyour own life.
3. HER SINCERE PRAYER. ” have mercy on me oh Lord “. Never cease praying if there is one thing you take away from the Canaanite woman’s tale. God hears prayers that don’t stop coming. There are both similarities and distinctions between the Canaanite woman’s faith and the faith of the woman with the issue of blood They both remained steadfast in their religion.
The faith of these women was not faultless. The Canaanite woman’s beliefs, however, were less superstitious. The woman with the blood problem believed touching Jesus’ clothing would strengthen her faith. She was a Jew. She had some views that backed up her faith. The Canaanite woman, however, believed that Jesus could heal her daughter without any direct contact. She might have heard tales in the past.
Despite not being raised Jewish, this woman trusted only Jesus’ words. She had faith in his ability to speak a word, and a miracle would be performed. She thus persisted in inquiring. She kept begging even after the disciples begged Jesus to send her away. She drew closer and knelt before Jesus when he appeared to be making fun of her?
To be continued….