From Matthew chapter fifteen.
There was a woman who could have had many strong reasons to think that Yeshua (Jesus) would not want to remove a demon from her daughter. We don’t know their names, but we’ll call the woman Andromeda, and her daughter, Thalia.
Andromeda’s race was believed to be accursed. They were despised and commonly called dogs. But Andromeda believed Iesous (her Greek for Yeshua) was the Son of David, the savior from the Jewish prophecies. She had heard of many astounding miracles worked by Iesous. Her daughter, Thalia was in the torturous grips of a demon. Andromeda discarded the hovering fear of Jewish rejection and went to plead with Iesous to remove the demon from her daughter.
Andromeda approached Iesous and his disciples. They were worn out and had been trying to hide from the crowds to rest. Now Andromeda was one of them. It seemed to be the worst timing, especially for a Syrophoenician woman to plead a miracle for her daughter!
“No, no, I won’t let the timing stop me!” she told herself as she struggled against the imposing apprehension. Andromeda’s passion for Thalia drove her to cry out to Iesous for His help.
Andromeda cried and cried out for mercy, but Iesois didn’t answer a word. Dread of rejection played its best scheme for Andromeda. She ignored the dread; she would not be ignored if she could help it. Her beautiful daughter had a demon, and Iesous could make it leave!
The disciples of Yeshua grew weary of Andromeda. They cried out over Andromeda’s pleas for Thalia. “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us!” Now, Yeshua’s followers were against her efforts. Apathy and despondency screamed at her. But Andromeda gave them no attention; her attention was fixed on Iesous.
Iesous replied, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Iesous had answered! Ignoring the fear of being rejected, Andromeda’s mind raced for His meaning. He had compared the children of Israel to stupid sheep that easily get themselves lost and tangled in briars. She could see the same condition in herself. With that in mind, she came, knelt before him, and said, “Lord, help me!
Such love, that God would suffer Himself to hold back until we can better see our tangled and lost condition before saying, “Lord help me.”
Iseous answered, “It isn’t right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
Andromeda knew that the Son of David would not be cruel. Again her mind raced for a His meaning. “He meant something other than the common reference to Gentiles as dogs,” Putting His two statements together, she thought “to a shepherd of sheep dogs are important, and they are pets! True, they aren’t given the bread that is meant for children, “but a few crumbs of the Great Shepard’s bread from under the table can remove the demon from Thalia!”
Yes, Lord,” she said, “yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”
Then Jesus replied to her, “Woman, your faith is great. Let it be done for you as you want.” And from that moment her daughter was healed.
- This woman, though not a child of Israel, knew and believed scripture concerning Yeshua, The Son Of David.
- Against many strong reasons that she should doubt Yeshua would heal her daughter, she set all of her attention on the goodness that she knew about Yeshua and pressed into it without turning back.
How To Have Healing?
Learn the scripture concerning Yeshua. If you haven’t, believe and receive every word of Him. You’ll find that He loves and cares for you as a shepherd does for his sheep; He wants for you to be found,well, and in the protection of His sheepfold.
Once you begin the pursuit of healing for yourself or others, let no lies that God would not want to answer, or that He would want you to be sick, sway you away. He may appear not to hear or to hold back from you, but He does hear and is working through your opposition, spiritual and human, building your faith through it.