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Mark.7:25-31

Jesus left the nation of Israel and went to the borders of Tyre and Sidon to recuperate with His disciples. They have been going at it ministering to the multitudes, and have not rested. This was a break from their labors, and He entered into a house. He did not want any soul to know it, but He could not be hidden.

As soon as He entered the house, a woman whose daughter was tormented by a demonic spirit came to Him and fell at His feet. She has been hearing of the miraculous deeds of Jesus has done even in her nation, being a Greek woman. She heard how He raised the dead, cleansed lepers, opened the eyes of the blind, made the deaf and dumb both to hear and speak. This Jesus was in her nation.

God’s will is sometimes mysterious, and the reason, why Jesus went to a foreign nation, would be for this woman and her daughter. When Jesus has administered healing to her daughter, He went back into Galilee through the coasts of Decapolis. (v.31)

This woman was a stranger, a Syrophoenician by nation, and she has no business receiving a healing from Jesus. Her time as a Gentile woman has not come to be grafted into an Olive Branch, but her need was great. She projected her faith into the future and received a miracle from Him.

A person in great need will let go an offence for the sake of her need, and will take the opportunity given to her by the words of Christ, (vv.27-28) and turned it into a blessing. We live in a generation that is easily offended, and as such rob themselves from the blessings of God.

In v.27, it appeared that Jesus has just called the stranger a dog. As far as the Commonwealth of God was concerned, all people outside the seed of Abraham are dogs, because of the fact that they do not know God. Jesus was not far from the truth, but this woman wanted a miracle, and being called a dog would not deter her.

She made lemonade out of her sour lemon, and said to Christ that the dogs by reason of the unsteady hands of the children, eat the crumbs that fell from the table. Jesus was overwhelmed by this answer, and He said in v.29, “for this answer, go your way; the demon is gone out your daughter”. And when she was come home to her daughter, she found the demon gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed, healed and made whole. (v.31)

Lesson: Do not allow the inconsequential in life rob you of your blessing and miracles in God!

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