Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly. (Matthew 15:21-28, NRSV)
Woman great is your faith!
For taking my slander of you. For putting up with my derogatory remarks…
At least that is how I feel when I read this text. Jesus ignores the woman at first. The disciples try to send her away.
The Jesus says He was sent for the lost sheep of Israel.
Even after all this she still acknowledges Him as Lord, but He tells her the dogs shouldn’t get the food for the children. He just called her a dog. And she doesn’t go away, she tells Him that even the dogs get to eat the scraps that fall from the table. Wow.
And then He says, “Woman, great is your faith!”
Was this a test for the disciples, or for her?
Yes. It is a test for us too. How far would you go, when someone was seeming to pull you down?
Would you still trust that Jesus will see you through?