The Syrophoenician Woman: Mark 7:25-30
“25) But after hearing of Him, a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately came and fell at His feet. 26) Now the woman was a Gentile, of the Syrophoenician race. And she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27) And He was saying to her, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 28) But she answered and *said to Him, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children’s crumbs.” 29) And He said to her, “Because of this answer go; the demon has gone out of your daughter.” 30) And going back to her home, she found the child lying on the bed, the demon having left.” Mark‬ ‭7‬:‭25‬-‭30‬ ‭
Matthew tells this same story but adds a few important details. (Matthew 15:21-28) According to Matthew, she was a Canaanite woman and possibly the victim of sexual exploitation. Her dress and boisterous mannerisms were most likely repugnant.
The mention in Mark that she was from the Syrophoenician decent means she herself was the byproduct of Greek/Canaanite intermingling common in the Greek and Roman Empire. Her linage and life story was heart wrenching.
Her spiritual background was a combination of many pagan religions. The mention of “dogs” is interesting because they were significant creatures of worship seen in art forms from many ancient pagan religions. These religions all channeled demonic entities.
According to Matthew, she came to the house and literally begged Jesus to help her daughter. The disciples were very annoyed by her and wanted Jesus to send her away. But she kept crying out, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David, for my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.” (Matthew 15:22)
Her daughter was being mercilessly tormented by demonic spirits. Her daughter most likely shared many symptoms of the man with legions from Mark 5:1-20. It may have been his story that gave her hope that Jesus could help her daughter. The merciless demonic torment motivated the woman to be persistent and literally shout out after Jesus.
According to Matthew 15:28, Jesus commended her great faith. The woman recognized the identity and authority of Jesus. She was content feeding on crumbs falling from His table. She also understood that His ministry was to lost Israel.
This is where the story becomes very interesting. She recognized that crumbs falling from the table of Jesus offered more hope and help than the orgies and banquets from all the pagan religions combined. They offered no hope or help for her daughter. In fact, the pagan religions perpetuated her daughter’s problems.
This woman herself was most likely a victim of the wicked, perverted, cruel and sadistic practices so common in these pagan religions. It is likely that both she and her daughter had been victims of Satanic Ritual Abuse associated with these pagan religious rites. Many today suffer this same fate and only Jesus Christ can set them free and bring total healing.
Both Matthew and Mark emphasized that Jesus was moved by her answer. He sent her home with the promise that “the demon has gone out of your daughter.”
Sure enough, upon returning home, she found the child lying peacefully on her bed, the demon having departed. Jesus set her free! This is the same description found in Mark 5:15 of the formerly demon possessed man sitting down, dressed and in his right mind. Normality had come to both of them! It is so exciting watching Jesus set the captives free.
It’s time to start growing your faith! Jesus Christ has power, dominion and authority over all the work and activity of the kingdom of darkness. The overwhelming testimony of the four Gospels and the book of Acts is that Jesus has the authority and power to break every sinful bondage, addiction, demonic oppression and heal every form of sickness, disease and injury.
Tragically, few pastors and Christian leaders today have the same view of the authority and power of Jesus Christ displayed by this woman. Many others minimize, resist or quench the work of the Holy Spirit.
Don’t wait for a hopeless crises or illness to drive you in desperation to the feet of Jesus Christ. Start building your faith and walk in the Spirit now! Read the Bible at face value and believe and live accordingly.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

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