Mk.7:26,27 – Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician descent. And she repeatedly asked Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. And He was saying to her, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”

Some times it just seems we are not good enough or spiritual enough to get our answered prayer. We can be consumed with our flaws and overwhelmed by our problems. That’s how it had been for this women with the demonized daughter until… until she started hearing stories about Jesus. She thought that if she could only get an audience with Him she would get her answer. She sought an answer to her prayer even when she knew she did not deserve an answer. All of our answered prayers come simply by grace through faith. That’s who He is, grace is revealed and put on display in Christ.Here is how Spurgeon describes this passage.

“This Syrophoenician was a woman of amazing faith. She could not be put off from pleading for her little daughter because she believed Jesus was able to heal all manner of diseases, and she meant to beg him until he yielded to her importunity. Her faith was not hindered by an exclusive doctrine that appeared to confine the blessing to the children of Israel. She might have thought, “Then he is not sent to me. Vainly do I seek for that which he reserves for the Jews.” Her faith was not even hindered by a sense of admitted unworthiness. Jesus spoke of dogs—he meant that the Gentiles were to Israel as dogs—she did not at all dispute it but yielded the point. She felt she was only worthy to be compared to a dog! She did not expect to win the blessing she sought on account of any merit of her own—she depended on the goodness of Jesus’s heart, not on her goodness.”

Her persistent faith got her answer. Her faith was not in her on goodness or accomplishments. It was simply faith in God’s love seen in this man, Jesus of Nazareth. That’s how we have to approach him. We come in persistent faith knowing that He will not turn us away. Today, bring your problems to Him. Even when others say impossible and their body language and facial expressions dismiss you. Go anyway – you will not be disappointed.

2 thoughts on “ONLY BY GRACE”

  1. Jesus is all about redemption, in fact, yes His picture should be in our dictionary’s under definition of redemption.This is what my online dictionary had.
    1 the action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil: God’s plans for the redemption of his world.
    2 the action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment, or clearing a debt.
    • archaic the action of buying one’s freedom.

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