The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT
Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – KINDNESS #5
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]
Inner Purity and The Faith of A Gentile Woman
In Matthew 15:21-28 NLT says, “21 Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Gentile woman who lived there came to Him, pleading, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! For my daughter is possessed by a demon that torments her severely.” 23 But Jesus gave her no reply, not even a word. Then His disciples urged Him to send her away. “Tell her to go away,” they said. “She is bothering us with all her begging.” 24 Then Jesus said to the woman, “I was sent only to help God’s lost sheep – the people of Israel.” 25 But she came and worshiped Him, pleading again, “Lord, help me!” 26 Jesus responded, “It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.” 27 She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even dogs are allowed to eat the scraps that fall beneath their master’s table.” 28 “Dear woman,” Jesus said to her, “your faith is great. Your request is granted.” And her daughter was instantly healed.“
Apparently, a woman had heard about our Lord Jesus’ miracle-working power and how He could cast out demons, so she wasn’t going to miss a chance to see Him. The woman called Jesus Lord, Son of David, showing her acceptance of our Lord Jesus’ identity as the Jewish Messiah. She may have been a Greek proselyte. Sometimes Gentiles would convert to Judaism, attracted by its strong moral qualities. This woman came to our Lord Jesus Christ on behalf of her daughter, who was tormented by a demon.
In verse 23 it described that the woman continued to follow after them, and she continued to shout. Finally, the disciples urged our Lord Jesus Christ to tell her to leave. Our Lord Jesus, always compassionate, would heal the woman’s daughter, but not just to make her stop following them. He had a lesson about faith that He needed to teach this woman. In so doing, He would teach the disciples a lesson as well.
In verse 24 says, our Lord Jesus’ words do not contradict the truth that God’s message is for all kinds of people (Psalm 22:27; Isaiah 56:7; Matthew 28:19; Romans 15:9-12). After all, when our Lord Jesus Christ said, “I was sent only to help the people of Israel . . . not the Gentiles,” He was in Gentile territory. He ministered to Gentiles on many other occasions (Matthew 4:24-25; 8:5-13). Our Lord Jesus Christ was simply telling the woman that Jews were to have the first opportunity to accept Him as the Messiah because God wanted them to present the message of salvation to the rest of the world (see Genesis 12:3). While on earth, our Lord Jesus Christ restricted His mission to the people of Israel. He was doing His Father’s will (Matthew 11:27) and fulfilling the promise God made to Jews in the Old Testament. The restricted mission of our Lord Jesus Christ and the disciples echoes the principle recorded in Matthew 10:5-6.
In verses 25-26 > Undaunted by our Lord Jesus’ apparent unwillingness to respond to her request, the woman came and worshiped Him, pleading for help. Our Lord Jesus’ answer comes in the language of a parable; therefore, we must not press the details too far. The simple parable meant that the children at the table should be fed before the pets; it would not be right to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs. By these words, our Lord Jesus Christ may have meant that His first priority was to spend time feeding His children (teaching His disciples), not to take food away from them and throw it to the pets (just anyone). Our Lord Jesus was not insulting the woman; instead, He was saying that she must not demand what God had ordained for the Jews. She should wait until God’s appointed time – when the Gentiles would receive the Good News of the Gospel.
In verse 27 says, that this Gentile woman understood our Lord Jesus’ parable. Her answer was wise, for she explained to our Lord Jesus, by extending His parable, that children often drop morsels of food to their dogs. Not all the Jews accepted our Lord Jesus Christ, while some Gentiles chose to follow Him. Why couldn’t she have some of those crumbs that the Jews didn’t want? She adroitly or quick and skillful in body or mind pointed out that even dogs ate with (not after) the children. She did not ask for the entire meal; she was perfectly willing to take second place behind the Jews. All she wanted right then was a few crumbs – or one “crumb” in particular – one miracle of healing for her daughter.
In verse 28 says, our Lord Jesus was delighted by the faith of the woman. He granted her request because of her humility and persistence. She had made her request in faith that our Lord Jesus could perform the healing. She understood Christ’s Lordship, and she understood the priorities of His mission. No wonder our Lord Jesus exclaimed, “Your faith is great.” On that basis, our Lord Jesus healed the woman’s daughter.
Let me state this again. God is kind in giving us life and its fullness to enjoy; He is tolerant and patient as He bears our ingratitude and sin. He postpones punishment in order to give people time to turn from their sin (see 2 Peter 3:15).
So, let me remind ourselves again that God’s kindness is also meant to lead us to repentance, because all people need to repent!
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Observation: What do these passages say to you?
Interpretation: What do these passages mean to you?
Application: How do the meaning of these passages apply to you or to your situation?
Suggested Prayer: Father God, we come into your presence in Jesus name, and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for Your agape love and for the Holy Spirit as our Helper and Comforter. We cling, yield, plug-in and tune-in to you Holy Spirit to help us to understand God’s Words, receive Your divine revelation, know the Truth, and obey them, in Jesus name, Amen!
God bless us, our families, and our loved ones!