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The Rest of the Canaanite Woman’s Story

26 Jul

I have thought about blogging for years and It’s Time!  The Lord has put a passion in me for writing and I want to honor and obey Him in everything I say and do.  Thus, writing will bring Him glory!  We have such a privilege to worship the Lord!  I have just finished teaching a “School of Worship” and what a joy it is to seek and share the revelations found only in the Word of God!  It is with great excitement I share these revelations here and pray they bring encouragement to others.  I want to finish sharing about the Canaanite woman which will lead me to sharing (another day)God’s healing miracle in our lives when Mark was bitten by a brown recluse spider.   Enjoy!

Matthew 15:25-28  “And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed. But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw [it] to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great [is] your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.”  

The disciples were irritated with the woman and asked Jesus to send her away because she was crying after them and they didn’t want to listen to her anymore.  Then Jesus replies to them He was only sent to the lost sheep of Israel.  Again, most people would be so disheartened at this point they would simply walk away.  First He is silent, then He responds to the disciples and not to her,  basically saying He was not sent to help her.  The time had not yet come for the Gentiles.  She was persistent. 

Her response is somewhat unexpected.  Instead of walking away, she moves from asking Jesus for mercy to worshiping Him, and asking him for help.  Verse 25 says “Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”  The Greek word “worshiped” is Proskeneo, meaning reverential fear and bowing down.  We see Jesus here being moved by faith, and honoring this woman because of her great faith in Him and she bowed down and remained in awe and faith in Him.  We see this woman forced to worship by faith without any visible confirmation from heaven.  She focused on her Resource not on her need, which is what caused her to worship.  Her sufficiency was going to be found in God alone not in the size of her struggle, namely the severe demon possession of her daughter.

God values extreme persistence.  There are times when worship is not easy and/or convenient.  If we worship only when things are great, easy, and convenient, then worship is only a leisure activity.  Worship is so much more and at times, we need to make a sacrifice of worship, at time when it cost us something.

Even after she worships, Jesus declares it is not right for Him to give the children’s bread, their food, and give it to dogs.  Literally here, Jesus is calling her a dog, not worthy of receiving what He has to give her.  We again see her persistence and also her humility.  She doesn’t argue with Jesus and remind Him she is not a dog.  She knows who she is and she does not think more highly of herself than she ought.

We must likewise know our place and humble ourselves before a mighty God. We are precious in His sight, the apple of His eye, created in His image, and we know we belong to Jesus.  It is important for us to know our rightful place and authority because of what Jesus did for us on the cross and through His death and resurrection.  It gives us confidence to go before our King into the Holy of Holies.  Once in and before our King, we find ourselves undone, in humbleness before our Creator. 

Our authority is to stand in Jesus Christ before the devil and be the overcomers He made us to be.  Before Him, we bow down and honor Him for Who He is.  We ought not waltz into His presence bragging about who we are, because we know from the Word of God, He opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.  We don’t humble ourselves in front of Satan, we resist him.  But with God, we come before Him with fear and love. 

This woman embraces the truth of what Jesus said and replies even the dogs get the crumbs.  She knew even the crumbs from Jesus were better than a smorgasbord of food from someone else.  In her humility and out of necessity, she was glad to receive even crumbs.  When we are conscious we deserve nothing, we will be thankful for anything.  Remember her first plea?  Have mercy!  Mercy is our heart cry not to receive what we deserve.   This woman realized  she was deserving of nothing.  As Christians, we must rebuke the spirit of entitlement which permeates much of the body of Christ, because in pride and arrogance, we believe we deserve it all.  Through Jesus, and in His fear, love, and humbleness, He gives us all things.  But if we believe and act as though we are deserving we will  find ourselves wanting.  

We also see here it was her faith which encouraged her to say what she said and believe for the crumbs.  Notice she calls it the Master’s table. If she was a dog as Jesus said, then she was His dog, and He was her master, and she would receive the crumbs. 

Finally, she gets the response she was believing for from the beginning.  He told her she had great faith, and she would now receive what she desired, her daughter was healed.  Three things are important to note here.  Her faith, Her desires, Her daughter’s healing. 

First, we notice what He commends her for; her faith.  Not her wisdom, humility, perseverance in prayer, worship, patience, or submissiveness.  All of these are a product or result of her faith, however, He commends her for her faith.  Christ honors faith above all!  Faith in Jesus moves mountains.  Faith in Jesus moves Jesus.  The faith of all of Christ’s beloved people is precious, however people exercise it differently.  The greatness of our faith rests in a resolute adherence to Jesus Christ as our all-sufficient One, even in the face of impossibilities and discouragement.  It rests in an incomprehensible love for Him, trust in Him, reliance on Him, even when it appears, as it did for this woman, that He wasn’t there for her.  She knew He was there for her, and her “knowing” was “by faith”.  The truth is that though weak faith won’t be rejected, great faith will be commended and is well-pleasing to God.  We should not depend on the great faith of others, but we should desire that same great faith for ourselves.  We should not depend on the worship of others, but desire to worship Him ourselves.

Secondly, Jesus says things will be as she desires.  People of great faith will receive what they truly believefor in their hearts for, what they truly desire.  When we worship the King, our desires line up with His desires.  When we worship our King, our faith is stirred and we find ourselves in a place of great faith.  When we worship our King, we get to know Him and His ways, His thoughts, His character!  The Word says: “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart!” (Ps. 37:4) When He tells us to delight ourselves “also” we must find out what else we are to do.  Verse 3 gives us the answer.  Trust in the Lord, do good, dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness!  Sounds like a place of worship to me how about you?

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Posted by on July 26, 2009 in Faith & Worship

 

2 responses to “The Rest of the Canaanite Woman’s Story

  1. Jeannie

    July 27, 2009 at 2:36 am

    Thanks Julie, this really helped me today! Our pastor spoke about being “free slaves” and submitting to our “master” this morning. When I think about being my Master’s dog…I can live with that, and will accept any “crumbs” that happen to fall from His table! BTW, I added your blog to my blogroll…hope it helps. I don’t have a GREAT readership myself, but then what I have to say isn’t usually all that important anyway!

     
    • Julie Ann Marxhausen

      July 27, 2009 at 3:07 am

      That’s great Jeannie – Thank you for letting me know it helped. I would add your blog to my “blogroll” but can’t figure much out on this. I will keep trying! I added the “widget” but don’t know how to add your site.
      Blessings in Jesus!

       

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