THE DOG WOMAN

MERRY MONDAY BY PARRIS-

Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table. Matt.15:27

We’ve all read the story of when Christ didn’t respond to the Syrophonecian women, and when he did, it wasn’t very nice. Even the disciples were put off by her making a scene and just wanted Jesus to fix it. Make it all go away Lord please! Somehow women and hollering go together I suppose! We know there are two types of people in this world. The sick and the not so sick, as Mary’s Song says, “The hungry he hath filled with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away,” Lk 1:53. And if you have ever been in the “sick group” things can get just a little desperate. I like to call it “living in the world of the miraculous” when anything can happen.

This woman had quite an ear to the latest news at her village of hope and was desperate to find it. I am not sure just how many townsfolk knew of the condition of her little daughter. Imagine day after day being hit, punched, cursed at with a dark force inside your child. She was desperate and she just heard of a way out. Christ the son of David was coming to her town.

When she meets Christ he “answers her not a word”; and she cried all the more. If you read the passage at first she is crying for her daughter then she cries “Lord help me”-the more she looked at him the more she realized this was about her. His sharp reply was yet another push away. He will not give the food that is meant for the children to the dogs. What I love about this woman is that she is undaunted. The Bible even says, she followed him into the house. You know she could feel it in the atmosphere-hope swirling, love pouring down. The moment was for here and for now. She has learned as Jacob to wrestle for the blessing. She had heard to much about him and wasn’t giving up. Did she catch the twinkle in Christ’s eye or the gentle tone? Christ was creating a web that would entangle herself and take her faith captive! He was chasing her faith down developing it to its fullness. She takes the sword out of Christ’s hands and catches him with his own words. He was calling her a “little puppy” and thats when she caught it. The outside dogs were never allowed in but the children at the table always fed the little pups. She wasn’t asking for the children’s food but knew a crumb was amply enough to take care her of situation.

“Great is your faith”, Christ said. Let’s have great faith!

MIRACLE WORKER

Matt.15:30,31 – And large crowds came to Him, bringing with them those who were lame, crippled, blind, mute, and many others, and they laid them down at His feet; and He healed them. So the crowd marveled as they saw the mute speaking, the crippled restored, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.

It’s easy to read passages like this and dismiss it to irrelevant things that happened a long time ago in a place far, far away. It’s important to take a few moments and imagine the great scene Matthew was describing in this short passage. How many lame were healed in this one meeting? What was their response to being able to walk, some for the first time in their lives? How did the blind respond to the light and the colors that suddenly flooded their dark lives? They were surely looking at everything, from ladybugs to butterflies, it was all spectacular and glorious to them. And then there were the crippled. These could have been amputees and paraplegics. What was the response when there was a foot where there had never been a foot? What about twisted and deformed limbs that were suddenly strong and healthy? This was a shock for the patients, family and friends, as well as all of the observers. The healing power of God flowing through Jesus was stunning and demanded our worship. Here are Spurgeon’s thoughts on todays passage.

“What a list of patients ! What a gathering of miseries in one spot! The expectation of the people remains at flood-tide; they have the sick with them, and they cast them down at Jesus feet: leaving them with him in full confidence. The healing power continues to flow in full force: that one sentence is a grand summary of his marvelous cures: “He healed them”. This time is a greater degree of wonder among the crowd, attended by a gracious savor of praise to Israel’s God: “They glorified the God of Israel”. It was evident to them that Jehovah had remembered and visited his people, and was healing their sicknesses, and so for the moment they gave him glory. What must it have been to be an eyewitness of such a great scene of healing and of worship! What an education for the apostles! What stay for their faith in trying days after their Master was taken from them!”

So maybe you just kind of pass over the miracles in the Bible; if so, maybe its time to stop and ponder. Look again at the miracles of Jesus and hold fast to this promise. “Jesus Christ is the same; yesterday, today, and forever

Healed by the Faith of the Son of God

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Matt. 15:29-31 ¶ Jesus went on from there and walked beside the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the mountain and sat down there. And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them, so that the crowd wondered, when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they glorified the God of Israel.

Sickness often leaves us in a hopeless state. Even with the modern medical care we have today being sick can be quite miserable. The doctors can diagnose and treat but only the Lord can heal and bring about recovery. In today’s passage we see many hopeless, suffering individuals healed by the faith of the Son of God. He is still healing today and His faith is readily available to us. Where can I experience this supernatural faith? It comes when we draw near to the Lord. He may not be here physically but He is here in the written word and in the person of the Holy Spirit. You get close to Him and His faith will activate in you. It’s in that place that healing and recovery will come. Here are some powerful words from Matthew Henry on this passage

“Here were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, brought to Christ. See what work sin has made! It has turned the world into a hospital: what various diseases are human bodies subject to! See what work the Savior makes! He conquers those hosts of enemies to mankind… He sent his word, and healed them. All diseases are at the command of Christ, to go and come as he bids them. This is an instance of Christ’s power, which may comfort us in all our weaknesses; and of his pity, which may comfort us in all our miseries. They wondered, and well they might. Christ’s works should be our wonder. It is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous. The spiritual cures that Christ works are wonderful. When blind souls are made to see by faith, the dumb to speak in prayer, the lame to walk in holy obedience, it is to be wondered at.”

So go ahead and push in a little closer to Jesus. You can even reach out and touch Him by faith. Your misery will soon begin to leave and your time of recovery will begin. Jesus is still healing every kind of sickness and physical condition. Why not you; why not today?