In Matthew Chapter 15,verses 21-28, every time I read this, I am just amazed at this woman, and I always hope that I’ll become more like her AND more like the One Who was speaking with her. I have a looooong way to go!
She was a Canaanite woman and came to Jesus and asked Him to heal her daughter who was demon-possessed. Jesus told her that He was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel. If this woman had been of a haughty nature and had gotten offended at the Words of Jesus, she would have missed a great blessing. Even though she was not an Israelite, she had a Christlike spirit and attitude!
21. Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.
22. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
23. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
24. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
25. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
26. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.
27.And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.
28.Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
Just look how humble this woman was in verse 27! A lot of us today would have just walked off…offended to the core! But not this wonderful woman from Canaan. Wonder how many blessings you and I have missed, with our puffed up mind and attitude?
In 1 Corinthians 5, there were some more puffed up and proud people too, and they were proud for a very wrong reason. 1 Corinthians 5: 1-2
1.It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.
2. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.
The whole church at Corinth “came under fire” from the Apostle Paul, because they overlooked sin and were proud of the fact that they were so “open-minded” (?) (and not Bigots, I presume, the way the world classifies it today.) But the apostle Paul upbraided them for it, and God saw fit to have it included in the Holy Script.