11. a. The woman demonstrated humility by falling at the feet of Jesus. She also had enough humility to visualize herself under the children’s table—hoping for a crumb!
The woman’s answers showed she was sharp—When Jesus said it wasn’t right to toss the children’s bread to the dogs, she replied, “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”
She had faith Jesus could work a miracle, and didn’t try to prove she was worthy in some way. She believed it would only take a crumb—perhaps the size of a mustard seed—to set her daughter free. When Jesus told her the demon had left her daughter, she took Jesus at His word and went home.
b. The woman had heard of and perhaps knew someone who was miraculously healed by Jesus. When the disciples encouraged Jesus to send her away, He spoke to her instead. Women weren’t usually allowed to enter the same area where the men were sitting. And being a Gentile made it even worse. Jesus didn’t react in the usual way. She may have looked into His eyes only briefly, but I believe she saw compassion rather than disdain or condemnation.
c. Her persistence lasted a relatively short—although intense—time. I can’t think of a time where my prayer for a matter of this magnitude was answered quickly. While I persist in praying, I’m ashamed to admit, there are many moments I’ve grown discouraged along the way. I’m feeling convicted.
12. a. She was rewarded by one of the few times Jesus commended someone for having great faith. Ironically, the only time I recall Jesus saying this about someone, he (the Centurion) was also a Gentile. (Am I forgetting another occasion?) I suppose Jesus was amazed by their faith because the Jews had the scriptural prophecies predicting His coming. And they argued with Him and rejected Him. Even His own disciples doubted.
The woman was also rewarded with a miracle. And millions have and will read about her and be inspired by her faith.
- She sought out and found Jesus.
- She was humble and bold.
- She stated her request and didn’t doubt Jesus could do what she asked.
- She pleased God with her faith.
- She didn’t try to convince Jesus she was worthy.
- Her focus was on His ability and appealed to His compassion.
What a wonderful lesson!