Notes: September 23, 2009

A Greek woman with great faith

Though Jesus did not seek after popularity, he could not be hidden from public view. Even when he sought to retire privately, those who wanted to find him would. Even a desperate Greek mother.

Mark 7:24-30. Matthew 15:21-28.

  • “Have mercy on me,” she cried. But she prayed for her demon-possessed daughter.
  • The disciples would have her go away.
  • Jesus considered it to be not in keeping with his priority mission to the Jews.
  • The mother objected that her request would not impede salvation to the Jews; she asked but a crumb of a favor.
  • Jesus acknowledged and rewarded her faith.
  • The daughter was made whole.