I enjoyed being part of the Pause in Lent series, I found it useful thinking about what I wanted to say, seeking God's guidance, and (hopefully) bringing His message.
I've decided to continue doing something similar, and write a weekly devotion. I hope that people will find it useful.
New International Version (NIV)
The Faith of a Canaanite Woman
21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”
23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”
24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.
26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”
28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.
This is one passage of the Bible that I find most puzzling - at first glance, Jesus appears to be saying that His salvation is only available to certain people, namely the people of Israel.
It has been theorized that Jesus is testing the woman, wanting to ensure that she understands who He really is, and is not just treating him as a "wandering magician", who may be able to help her.
The woman's faith is apparent - she knows who Jesus is and what His mission is, and she understands that by faith in Him, she can be helped.
Jesus has enough bread for Israel, but there is plenty left over for others - in the same way that five thousand were fed, with baskets left over.
His love and grace is abundant, and our faith in Him is rewarded by His love.