This morning I woke up
with a heaviness on my heart.
Who knows? Maybe I’m just tired.
I grabbed my phone and began to read
Matthew 15, verses 21-28,
and guess what - the heaviness dissipated.
The Lord showed me the most glorious thing!
Come. Take a sniff.
I think you will be able to smell it!
“Jesus left Galilee and went north
to the region of Tyre and Sidon.”
Both cities were pagan. Both cities worshipped Baal -
and both cities were known
for their wickedness and witchcraft.
This is even the region where Jezebel came from.
And yet, so many beautiful things extended from them.
It's amazing how God will take
what was meant for evil and turn it into good.
This is the region where the cedar trees came from,
and the skilled stonemasons and carpenters
who built the Temple of God.
“A Gentile woman who lived there
came to him, pleading,
“Have mercy on me, O Lord,
Son of David!
My daughter is possessed
by a demon that torments her severely.”
Can you believe it?
From the mouth of the Sea of the Mediterranean,
came a Gentile woman seeking the help of Jesus.
“Jesus gave her no reply, not even a word.”
He did not answer.
“His disciples said, “Tell her to go away,”
“She is bothering us with all her begging.”
They had no compassion.
Jesus said to the woman,
“I was sent only to help God’s lost sheep -
the people of Israel.”
If this is true then why did Jesus go
to the cities of Tyre and Sidon?
Perhaps His Father had another plan in mind?
But the woman pressed in on Him.
“she came and worshiped him,
pleading again, “Lord, help me!”
And Jesus said,
“It isn’t right to take food from the children
and throw it to the dogs.”
This reminds me of what Jesus said in Matthew 7 -
about casting judgement.
“Do not give dogs what is sacred;
do not throw your pearls to pigs.
If you do, they may trample them under their feet,
and turn and tear you to pieces.”
The woman did not argue.
Instead she moved forward with effective prayer.
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for.
Keep on seeking, and you will find.
Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives.
Everyone who seeks, finds.
And to everyone who knocks,
the door will be opened.”
She replied, “That’s true, Lord,
but even dogs are allowed to eat
the scraps that fall beneath their masters’ table.”
Wow! How did she know?
The Gentile woman knew what her natural rights were.
And this, my friend, is the moment
that pollination happened!
Jesus produced pollen
from the Fruit of the Spirit
and His very breath carried life
into the Gentile women.
“Dear woman,” Jesus said to her,
“your faith is great. Your request is granted.”
And her daughter was instantly healed.”
It’s God’s most prized tree in the Garden of Eden.
The Gentile woman and her daughter
were impregnated by the Word of God.
The curse was broken and the blessing began.