Today, Reverend Christina begins a new sermon series with giving as its main theme. This morning she focuses on an incident in the seventh chapter of the book of Mark. Besides Jesus, the primary character in this story is a Syrophoenician woman whose ancient ancestors were enemies of Israel. The disciples asked Jesus to get rid of this Canaanite woman who had been constantly bothering them with her nagging persistence. The reason the woman seemed so desperate was her daughter in a far away location was severely ill and needed healing. The disciples showed no compassion for or sensitivity to her needs, but Jesus did. When the woman addressed Him as Lord and stated her great need, Jesus replied: “Oh woman, great is your faith, let it be as you desire.” It was at that moment, many miles distant, that the woman’s child was healed.
Yes, Jesus through His grace, understanding, and love for everyone helped not only the woman but, indirectly, the disciples as well. They learned that it is possible to become so occupied with spiritual matters that we just might miss real needs and opportunities right around us. The moral: be open to the beauty of God’s grace and His Good News message for all people, never shutting out those who may be different from you. Being all-inclusive and forever girded in God’s grace and love will show others the way to deep-seated faith and living life God’s way.
In this week’s show, Reverend Christina Thompson takes listeners through Mark 7:24-30 which says (ESV):
24 Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre. He didn’t want anyone to know which house he was staying in, but he couldn’t keep it a secret. 25 Right away a woman who had heard about him came and fell at his feet. Her little girl was possessed by an evil spirit, 26 and she begged him to cast out the demon from her daughter.
Since she was a Gentile, born in Syrian Phoenicia, 27 Jesus told her, “First I should feed the children—my own family, the Jews. It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”
28 She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even the dogs under the table are allowed to eat the scraps from the children’s plates.”
29 “Good answer!” he said. “Now go home, for the demon has left your daughter.” 30 And when she arrived home, she found her little girl lying quietly in bed, and the demon was gone.
About Reach Out and Trust
Reach Out and Trust is a faith-based 30-minute program brought to you each Sunday morning at 7:30 am and 11:30 am. Reach Out and Trust is a ministry of Whitney United Methodist Church here in Boise. Rev. Christina Thompson is the pastor at Whitney and each week brings her sermon to the radio. Each program is designed to encourage trust in the Lord and seeks to bring everyone who listens to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.