There are those who don’t believe that Jesus paid the price for all to be healed. That goes against everything that the Lord and His disciples taught in the New Testament. This incident in the life of Christ is an example of how Jesus viewed it.
Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an evil spirit came and fell at his feet. The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.
Here we see that a Gentile woman had a daughter with a demon, manifesting itself through a serious sickness. When she heard that Jesus was in her area, she went to Him. The woman was desperate for her daughter to be healed and she begged Jesus to do something about it.
“First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.”
In Jesus’ response, the Bible literally says that it’s not proper etiquette, not right in appearance to give her the children’s bread. Of course, God never worried about surface appearances. Jesus had no problem eating with tax-collectors and prostitutes.
“Yes, Lord,” she replied, “but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”
Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.”
She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
Some of the other Gospel writers say that the little girl was healed from that moment. Many people use this for an example of supernatural healing, but there’s more going on than meets the eye. Some teachers look at this and say that the daughter was healed because the woman had great faith. So, therefore, it takes great faith for healing. NO!!!! We sometimes miss the whole point.
According to Jesus, healing is the children’s bread. In this response, we can see God’s priority.
Did you hear what the Lord said in verse 27, above? First, fill up the children with all they want to eat. In other words; first heal the church, then the world. So in this statement of Christ, we see two kinds of healing.
The first is a covenant healing which is by right. I’m not trying to be arrogant when I say this. He calls us His children. Parents obligate themselves to feed their children. God decided to do it this way. It’s all a part of a normal faith relationship.
The other healing is for those outside the covenant, by special faith. This is because it originally takes faith to enter the covenant. A majority of Jesus’ ministry was covenant healing.
The sick person came to the Lord, He laid hands on them, and they left healed. There was no stirring up of their faith required – He just did it.
That’s because healing was a part of the covenant that God’s people had entered into. A quick search of the words heal and healing will show the many places that God promises to heal His people in the Old Covenant.
At this point, we’ve entered a Better Covenant. Through the blood of Christ, we have the fulfillment and not just the shadow. How much more does the Lord desire to bring healing to those who are in Christ?
As I’ve said before, the church needs a greater understanding of Jesus Christ the Healer. For a fuller explanation of divine healing, click here.
Question: How do you see the New Covenant as being better than the Old?
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