(Mark 7:24-30 ESV)
Jesus went to Tyre and Sidon.
He didn't want folks to know he was there, but as often happens, someone found out, in this case it was a gentile woman.
She was a Syrophoenician by birth. This means she was a native or inhabitant of Phoenicia when it was part of the Roman province of Syria.
She had a daughter who was ill with a demon.
Jesus offered her a challenge: Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."
When Jesus said this he meant that he was saying how his ministry was first to the peoples of Israel and not to the gentiles. Gentiles were often referred to by the people of Israel as being unclean dogs.
Her faith was stirred and she answered him "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogsunder the table eat the children's crumbs."
By this statement she showed her faith.
By her show of faith, her child was healed.
And she found it to be true. When she returned home she found her daughter healed.
Makes me think you know. What faith does.
We know from Scripture that faith the size of a mustard seed can literally move mountains. God tells us this.
This lady was outside the people of God and yet she still believed. She KNEW that Jesus could heal her daughter, and so her daughter was healed.
I wonder... what could my faith do?
Sometimes I so desperately want to see my faith make a difference in the lives of those around me. To truly SEE that it matters. Not just to me, as the Lord God sustains my heart, but to see it truly make a difference in the lives of others as this lady saw it make a difference in the life of her daughter.