The Lord was about His Father’s business, ever and always. He was the master of meeting needs, on time and never late. His knowledge of things and His willingness to wait, brought much ado from the people closest to him, as they thought He was being aloof when their comfort was challenged.
When the boat almost capsized: ‘You don’t care do you Lord?’ No, He doesn’t care if you perish now does He………….. but there is something greater to be learned than a temporary overturned vessel: Trust Him at all costs and at all times.
If they would have paid more attention to His words, they would have seen that His understanding is infinite. When he silenced his antagonizers with the marvellous question: How is it possible than King David called His son His Lord? they would have understood the only implication that ‘before Abraham was, I am.’ Trust His word at all costs and at all times.
He came to His own and his own received Him not. Proof? Yep, ‘away with him, crucify Him.’ Kinda settles that. The ones who received the covenants, the glory, the adoption, the promises, and the giving of the law, said as a nation, ‘We have no king but Caesar.’ This man as our Lord? Forget it.
So in the midst of the Lord’s daily dealings with His own novice disciples , his dealings with the religious hierarchy who found his ‘doctrine of grace’ unsavory, His assaults by Satan, His meeting the needs of sinners galore, some by divine intervention such as sight, hearing, or speech, others by simple daily bread, His dealings with unbelief at every corner, in the midst of this a woman comes to Him.
She was a Canaanite, an alien from the commonwealth of Israel, without God and without hope. She sees Him: ‘Have mercy on me, O Lord thou son of David, my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil,‘ and what follows next is illuminating, oft overlooked, and rarely understood, for the Lord answered her not a word. He was silent. Not speaking. Not answering. Silent.
The disciples told the Lord to send her away, being somewhat annoyed. Hmmm. Now in the Lord’s own words: ‘I was not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ She came to Him, worshiped him and begged for His help, — P l e a s e help me — her voice probably ascending in volume, now the Lord says to her: ‘It is not meet to take the children’s bread and cast it to dogs.’ Really? He said THIS after breaking His silence?
The Lord was simply speaking in the language she was familiar with, that the Gentiles, any non-Jew was goyim, or dogs, and that woman owned that truth and said: ‘That’s right, but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from the masters table.’
Truly, this is one of the most remarkable insights into the person of the Lord in the entire New Testament. Just a drop of your glory is fine by me.
The Lord recognized her great faith, and from that very moment, her daughter was made whole. She trusted Him at all costs.
Why was the Lord silent at the first pleading of hers? To confirm scripture that he was sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, and as such, a Canaanite woman had no claim on David’s greater son, but faith sure did. The man Christ Jesus saw in her that which He did not find in the privileged nation, and once more the foolishness of God is wiser than men.
The Canaanite was a common sinner who heard and knew of the son of David and the pedigree of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob’s God, and His promises. She was vocal in a crowd of strangers, she was fine with being embarrassed, she was okay to be identified with a man who many thought was mad, but she sought him and begged, not for herself, but for her daughter. (It’s never a bad thing to ask the Lord’s mercies for others)
While the apostles in their lack of understanding wanted to send her away, the Lord knew a long time ago she would be there waiting, and he was moved with compassion as only He could have, and as only He could give.
Yep, I’m okay with scraps too. In return, God has given the riches of his grace, the riches of His mercy, the riches of his word, and the riches of seeing His glory. Then there is something about the poor being rich in faith.
Send her away, to whom and where would she go? Once more the apostles learn more of ‘Who is this man?‘ Favor was freely bestowed, God’s promises were confirmed, hope was given, a girl was made right, and a devil was ousted.
Indeed the Lord merely spoke the word, and His word transcended time and space. ‘O woman great is thy faith, be it unto thee even as thou wilt.’ A mother’s plea was heard and answered. New life! His favor never diminishes, and He always answers to faith, even though the answer may be silence or a brief delay.