” You may go your way; because of such a reply the demon has gone out of your daughter. ” Mark 7:29
Jesus wandered along the border of Galilee in Tyre, a province occupied by the syrains and Phoenicians who were pagans. We are used to calling people who have not received God’s message, Pagans.
Although Jesus came to save all, his Father desired that he not go beyond his own country. Nevertheless on certain occasions, he encountered pagans with simplicity and faith. Now a syrophoenician woman whose daughter has an evil spirit, head of him and came and fell at his feet, begging Jesus to drive out the demon.
Jesus told her, ” Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs. ” Mark 7:27. Jesus answered the afflicted woman who was a pagan this well known scornful saying of the Jews. He said this to test her faith.
But she replied, ” Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the crumbs from the children’s bread. ” In effect, she insisted when it appeared that even God would reject her. Jesus said to her, ” You may go your way; because of such a reply the demon has gone out of your daughter. ” And when the woman went home, she found her child lying in bed and the demon gone.
God desires to save all but he does not lead all on the same path. Before Christ, he communicated only with the Jews, so they began to think that the pagans were unworthy in the eyes of God; they were looked down upon as no more that dogs. However, Jesus admired the simplicity and faith of the Syrophoenician woman, a pagan who could humble herself so lowly that her child would be saved. Indeed her request was granted by Jesus saving her child in her humility.
God’s grace is always enough.