The Canaanite Woman

The Canaanite woman came to Jesus saying “have mercy on me Lord for my daughter is severely demon possessed.” Matthew 15.21. The disciples were embarrassed and suggested Jesus send her away. Even after Jesus said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Matt 15:24, she came again and worshipped him. “Then she came and worshipped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” Mat 15:25 She worshipped him saying, Lord help me.

Asking for help is worship at its simplest. Hebrews tells us we can come boldly to the throne of grace. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16. We usually come to a throne to worship. But what Paul sees is that true worshippers understand they are in a place where they need to find mercy and grace to help them. Worship is about acknowledging His All sufficiency and our need and dependency on God. When somebody is worshipping, they are saying I need you. “Lord, help me.” You are my helper. I need to be clean; I need you before I can have life. I need you to deliver my family from the devil. Worship is intrinsically dependence and receptivity.

There are a couple of things which are hidden from us in this story. The first one is that the Jews used to consider the Gentiles as dogs. The second thing to know is that the word worship in the Greek is Pros kunee. Pros. meaning toward and kunee. as a dog. In total it means kiss toward someone as a dog licks his master’s hand. Eventually worship came to mean to kiss the hand; to do obeisance as a dog to its master. Jesus said it is not good to take the children’s (Jews) bread and throw it to the little dogs (Gentiles) And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” ). Mat 15:27 She wasn’t arguing that the Jews were God’s children who ate at the Masters table, but simply saying that even the masters dogs got to eat the crumbs that fell under the Masters table. Lord I worship you as a dog toward its master. You are my master; I am as your dog. Jesus said “great is your faith let it be to you as you desire.

Friend, the Master became our Father and us gentiles are now His children too. That’s why Jesus came. We are not under the table but seated With Him at the table He has prepared for us. How much more does our Father want us to receive His bread at His table today? We worship with confidence at His table “Father, help, me”.

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