Tenacious Faith

Matthew 15:21-28

Perhaps one of the strangest stories recorded in the gospels is the interaction between Jesus and the syro-phoenecian woman who approaches Him for help with her demon possessed daughter. Jesus first ignores her, then tries to turn her away, finally capping everything off with what could easily have been perceived as an insult. Why would Jesus do this? Why doesn't Jesus immediately answer her simple, straight-forward request for her daughter's healing? After all, wasn't bringing freedom and healing to the demon possessed the core business of the gospel?

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