Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Psst...How Many Sermons are Based Upon the #15 Account of Jesus Healing

Healing Miracle #15
(Note: Questions at the bottom do not always fit every gospel passage.)

Matthew 15:21-28 (New International Version)

Daughter of the Canaanite Woman

(Also found in Mark: 24-30)

21Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession."

23Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, "Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us."

24He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel."

25The woman came and knelt before him. "Lord, help me!" she said.

26He replied, "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs."

27"Yes, Lord," she said, "but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table."

28Then Jesus answered, "Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

  1. Who was the person in need? The child of the Canaanite woman.
  2. What was the immediate, obvious need? Demon possession.
  3. Who took the initiative in effecting the healing? The woman, expressing her faith.
  4. How and by whom was faith involved in this healing? The Canaanite woman had faith.
  5. What were the reactions to the healing? None noted, but it is in the Gospels.
  6. What led Jesus to minister healing to the person in need? Her overwhelming faith, expressed by her words about even a dog deserving scraps.

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