And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.” But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying out after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” And he answered, “It is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table.” Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
by: Dorothy Noel.
Jesus’s ministry focused on the Jews. He is, after all, King of the Jews. But here, even in the face of His disciples dismissing the Canaanite woman and encouraging Him to send her away, Jesus engaged her. He tested her faith with a few questions. When it was clear that she had great faith in Jesus’ ability to heal her daughter, He chose to do so. Jesus’ example reminds us that His grace and power are available to all people, regardless of their origins. Faith is the only requirement. We dare not add any other criteria.