FAITH – Scholars and Dogs

4 Mar

Today we contrast the faith of the Greek woman in Mark 7:24 – 30 to what we observed in Nazareth in Mark 6:3 – 6.

Here are some observations:

Who: Jesus and a Greek woman

What: The Greek woman comes to Jesus, wanting him to free her daughter from a demon. Jesus says something that could have discouraged the woman, but the healing is done. (We’ll look at Jesus’s words below.)

When: Jesus has just arrived, AS SOON AS the woman heard, she went to Jesus.

Where: Tyre, in the home of a 3rd party

How: I noted three how’s by the Greek woman: 1) She fell at his feet; 2) She came alone (without the daughter); She persevered in faith, pressed beyond Jesus’s first words

Why: FAITH

What a contrast in the woman’s approach to Jesus. She came quickly, humbly, without anyone else. Jesus says “First, let the children take all they want, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” The woman is not a Jew. Jesus is speaking on the timing here, notice he says “first”, indicating miracles will come to the non-Jews after an allotted amount of time first prioritized to the Jews.

The woman’s responds, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” She acknowledges Christs’s authority, the selection of the Jews by God in his covenant, and her great belief and faith that the healing of her daughter is but a tiny bit of the miraculous power Jesus had to give. She didn’t become offended, she didn’t begin to question, she demonstrated Jesus’s lordship and her faith in it.

Don’t miss in v30, the woman went home. She didn’t question whether or not it was really done. She didn’t try and persuade Jesus to go home with her to lay his hands on her daughter. Her faith was great.

How can we apply?  Also, look up other scriptures that use “dog” as a metaphor. I found these particularly interesting as they point to the distinction between God’s children, a selected group, and ultimately all redeemed children Ex 11:7 and 22:31, Judges 7:5, Rev 22:15. 

Today’s Passages: Nu 2:1 – 3:51, Mark 11:27 – 12:17, Ps 47: 1 – 9; Prov 10: 24 – 25

Friday’s Passages: Nu 4:1 – 5:31, Mark 12:18 – 37, Ps 48: 1 – 14, Prov 10:26

Saturday’s Passages: Nu 6:1 – 7:89, Mark 12:38 – 13:13, Ps 49: 1 – 20, Prov 10: 27 – 28

Sunday’s Passages: Nu 8:1 – 9:23, Mark 13:14 – 37, Ps 48: 1 – 14, Prov 10: 29 – 30

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