2021_05_19 Insight Post- Rusty Coram
This week's reading- Mark 7-8
I love the short encounter Jesus had with a woman while He was away for a break. He had traveled outside the general region He ministered in (a non-Jewish territory) so He could have some quiet and alone time to recoup. Time alone was very difficult since news of Him had spread all over. Soon after He arrived, a Gentile woman recognized who He was, and begged Him to help her daughter who was plagued by a demonic spirit. Jesus’ response to her seemed callous and, frankly, out of character: “Since she was a Gentile, born in Syrian Phoenicia, 27 Jesus told her, “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.” (Mark 7:26,27).
Wow. So we know that the short window of time that Jesus pursued public ministry, was focused on Jews because they had been entrusted with the task of setting the stage for the Messiah. Jesus constantly demonstrated how He fulfilled the prophecies of the One that would come to be the final sacrifice for the sins of the world. BUT, even though His focus was on reaching the Jews, His mission was to rescue all people. This encounter shows that perfectly, and something more...“She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even the dogs under the table are allowed to eat the scraps from the children’s plates.” 29 “Good answer!” he said. (Mark 7:26–29) What Jesus was doing, was getting to the woman’s heart. Had she taken offense and stormed off, it would have ruined the opportunity. Instead, she chose not to be offended, and simply continued the quest to get help for her little girl. Her answer revealed genuine humility and a willingness to pursue God - whatever it cost. This is the essential position for anyone to receive God’s blessing. This is reiterated throughout the Bible in passages like this, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:6–7 (NLT)
Jesus’ reply to her was NOT one of unwillingness to help, but to show the true status of her heart… and ours!
Seeing her genuine and humble faith, He graciously tells her, “Now go home, for the demon has left your daughter.” 30 And when she arrived home, she found her little girl lying quietly in bed, and the demon was gone.” (Mark 7:29,30)
I love this story!