The Syrophoenician Woman

Syrophoenician WomanAnd from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid.For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet:  The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs. And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs. And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.__ Mark 7:24-29 KJV

 The first time I read or heard this passage of the Bible, it took me aback.  I questioned why Jesus would speak to a woman so harshly. After all He is the Son of Man sent to heal not to wound. Then I realized that it is not for me to judge the Son of God.  Now when I look at this passage, I ask why this narrative was included in Mark’s gospel.   If it causes me (us) to ask why then it means I am reading for understanding, for relationship.   

This Syrophoenician woman obviously had great respect for Jesus and she recognized His power. She fell at his feet.  And she had a greater love for her daughter as she endured the disparaging comparison of herself and her (non-Jewish) people to a dog. This woman’s faith touched the heart of Jesus and her daughter was delivered from demonic possession. How did she do it?    She did not take offense.

Offense is a common tool of the enemy. I can recall a number of unsolicited “why I don’t go to church” or “why I am not religious” fish hookstories.  And I could write a few of my own.  Most founded in truth, many in perception.  Offense is  a trick of the enemy to keep us from the life-giving bread that is the Word of God.  Offense is a most effective tool, especially in a self-centered culture.  John Bevere wrote a best-selling book on the matter called, The Bait of Satan.  This book is has earned a spot an any Christian’s bookshelf as an exposè  to satan’s stategic  and most destructive tactic.

Paul reminds us that we are adopted sons and daughters as Christians (Galatians 4:7).  And that there is no more Jew or Greek.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.__ Galatians 3:28

Many Chcaution easily offendedristians and former “believers” are offended that God would allow tragedy,  financial setback, illness, misfortune, betrayal and/or death to touch their lives. But as we grow in the knowledge of God__ His character and His nature,  His faithfulness, then we can resist the temptation to be offended. 

Jesus said,

If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.  (John 15:19-20)  .   .   .

These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended._ John 16:1 KJV

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2 responses to “The Syrophoenician Woman

  1. In reading this passage I never thought of the offensive aspect. Wow!!! It is a tool of the devil that will cause you to anger and from anger to other things that won’t work with God. Thanks for the insight.

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