May 21, 2005
(Mark 7:24-30 ESV)
Jesus' ministry at this point was directed primarilly to the Jews. This is why He didn't want people to know where He was (verse 24). He was in a Gentile house, and did not want the Jews to know He was there, because it would have immediately prejudiced them against Him. He also was in the last place that the Pharisees would have looked for Him.
But He could not be hidden. His reknown had spread to the Gentiles, and soon a woman in need came to seek His help. Jesus' reply seems to be a bit out of character to us -- He won't help her? John Gill believes that Christ said this to "test her faith" (from his notes on Matthew 15:26). But when we remember that His primary mission was to the Jewish people, His meaning is clear. She understood who the "dogs" were -- Jews often referred to Gentiles as dogs. But her faith is shown in her perseverence.
She is blessed for her persistence. Sometimes, we are too easilly stalled in our Christian walk. One bad thing happens, and we are ready to throw in the towel. We need to follow the example of this woman, who had no real reason to think that Christ would bother to help her, but through faith came to Him anyway. She knew that she did not deserve anything from Him, but she still came, out of a sence of her own need. She knew better than those who He had come to minister to.
It is interesting to hear the words of Christ -- "Let the children be fed first." First, not only. Christ showed there was hope for the Gentiles. Gill says " as a priest, or as a Saviour and Redeemer, He was sent to make satisfaction and atonement for the sins of all God's elect, and to obtain eternal redemption and salvation for all of them, whether Jews or Gentiles;as a prophet, in the discharge of His own personal ministry, he was sent by His Father only to the Jews." But He was willing to show that there was hope for all who would believe in His name.
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