December 17

“Instead, a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about Him and came and fell at His feet. The woman was a Greek, of Syrophoenician origin. She asked Him to cast the demon out of her daughter” (Mark 7:25-26).

This woman we are introduced to here is obviously a Gentile. Mark even gives us her specific nationality as Syrophoenician – a Syrian from the region of Phoenicia. The text doesn’t say she immediately came to Jesus. It says that after she heard about Him she immediately came. She was interested and paid careful attention to the things that were being said about Jesus. It was her willingness first to hear about Jesus that forms the foundation of all that follows in the narrative. Her willingness to listen or hear about Jesus was the beginning of a birth of faith within this woman. “Consequently, faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the preached Word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). Our desire to hear the Word of God in our lives prompts and promotes faith.

Yet, in this same passage from the book of Romans, Paul writes, “And how are they to believe in one that they have not heard of?” (Romans 10:14). We have this responsibility as disciples of Jesus Christ to proclaim Him and share Him with others. Though Jesus, the Light of the World, cannot be concealed or hidden it is possible that we, His light bearers, hide our light instead of letting it shine (see Matthew 5:14-16). Let us shine the light of Jesus Christ everywhere we go (Ephesians 5:8). Once this woman heard about Jesus she came to Him. She knew that He was her answer. She came in faith and humility, unlike what Jesus was encountering in the Jewish regions, as she came interceding for her daughter and not requesting something for herself.

We have the privilege of interceding and requesting things from God on behalf of others. Is there someone to be interceding for today? She had faith based upon what she had already heard about Jesus, and therefore, knew about Jesus, that He could deliver her daughter from the grip of this demon. Many people today do not believe in the reality of the supernatural or the existence of demons. Many others do not believe that Jesus can save, deliver, or rescue us from whatever has a grip or hold of us in our lives. But for us who believe, we echo the words of Paul, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). Believe that Jesus saves today. He can rescue. He can deliver. Come in faith today and, like this woman, ask Him to intervene.