God works His Power Through Our Expressions of Faith part 2

Last time I wrote on the fact that God works His power through our expressions of faith, we looked at the woman who had the issue of blood for years. She believed, acted upon it, and Jesus apparently was only indirectly involved (as she simply touched His cloak after believing that would heal her). This time, we will look at a woman whose daughter was possessed, and God’s active involvement through the expressions of our faith.

Mark 7:24-30

24 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. 25 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. 26 The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.  27 “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.”   28 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”  29 Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.”  30 She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

Here we see that the woman was not Jewish. In fact, she was Syrian-Phonecian. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out. But Jesus basically told her she would have to wait until the Jews had had enough, she recognized her lowly position, but pushed none-the-less for even the left-over crumbs of what Jesus had for the Jews.

It was her expression of faith in this way that caused Jesus to say the demon had left her daughter. Scripture does not tell us the daughter had, or did not have, faith, simply that the mother had faith. Scripture does not tell us here whether Jesus activley caused it to happen, or if it occured because she believed it could. However, we DO see His direct involvement. We see that she believed Jesus could drive the demon out, she acted upon it by asking for Jesus’ (i.e. God’s) help, and she was willing to take even the least little bit that would be used by no one else. This showed she recognized God’s power and had faith in it (not merely belief in an abstract concept of possibilities). 

So once again, we see the power of God working through her expression of faith. This is not to say that God always limits Himself to working through our expressions of faith, as we will see in the future. But at least SOME of the time, God works through our expressions of faith, both indirectly and directly. This is an example of having faith in what GOd can and will do, asking for what we need for the right motive, and persevering in prayer. We need to live out our faith like this.

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