“Lord Have Mercy”

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Sweeter are the crumbs that fall from The Master’s Table…than all the sumptuous temptations of the world.

The Syrophoenician woman pericope is found in Mark 7:25-30 and paralleled in Matthew 15:21-28. Mark’s version of the story reads:

[A] woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard about [Jesus], and came and fell down at his feet. The woman was a Greek, by race a Phoenician from Syria. And she started asking him to drive the demon out of her daughter. He responded to her like this: “Let the children first be fed, since it isn’t good to take bread out of children’s mouths and throw it to the dogs! [kynaria]” But as a rejoinder she says to him: “Sir, even the dogs under the table get to eat scraps dropped by children!” Then he said to her: “For that retort, be on your way, the demon has come out of your daughter.” She returned home and found the child lying on the bed and the demon gone (Mk. 7:25-30).

 

Both the Canaanite woman and the centurion learned helplessness in their unique situations. Fortunately, they both were granted faith by God to place in Jesus. Jesus was their true Messiah.

Jesus, in order to glorify his Father in heaven, used his authority and power to heal the sick servant and cast the demon out of the girl. Faith led to action and action led to healing, but more importantly, to salvation through Christ.

Jesus loves to hear someone cry out, “Help me, Jesus, help me!” That is the humble, faithful cry of human helplessness. That moment is when Jesus does his most awesome work.

Stop trusting in yourself, your doctors, a comfortable lifestyle, or in whatever else you find your security. Jesus says it won’t last – he’s coming soon to burn it all up and call out your very soul (Luke 12:20-21).

Are you ready? Cry out to Jesus Christ today. He’s only after your best interests. He’s calling you to take up your cross and follow him (Matthew 10:38).

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Read more: http://www.graspinggod.com/jesus-and-the-canaanite-woman.html#ixzz33u82o7TN

Anthony Gomez, Moncks Corner, S.C.

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4 thoughts on ““Lord Have Mercy”

  1. Anthony can you reduce this post to one-third its length. An admonition to readers at large on this point needn’t be so long. A rebuke to any specific individual with such extensive point-making is not the intent of justhappeneduponthis. (Doug)

  2. We differ on this, but i will respect your wishes.
    Subtlety in this matter is “ill advised and unwise”
    My concerns are not bourne of image or self-interest but obedience.
    After morning prayers and devotions…i am now compelled to agree whole-heartedly, in Jesus’ name.

    Anthony

  3. I will try to understand that this is burden. Do you know that the person is still following our entries or has the person just left in a self-righteous huff? Email me, if you like, with the story. As you have said our only position in any of Christian adventure is that of expectant, persistent beggar. So-called spirit-filled people usually are not, and they wrap themselves in the cloak of Old Testament oracle to their own peril.

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