God's Divine Healing: A Means of Redemption, Part FiveFriday, September 30, 2005
During His ministry campaign throughout Israel, Jesus came to the city where a famous widow once lived, the one whose son Elijah had raised from the dead. According to Matthew 15:22 Jesus went to the same town and came across a pagan woman, a Canaanite. She came running out to Jesus crying out loud, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.”
To test her faith and sincerity, Jesus stated He had only been sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (v. 24). But her faith was sincere enough for sure. She bowed down again and pleaded once more, “Lord, help me!” (v. 25). So Jesus tested her faith again, and her response was one of even greater sincerity and faith. So Jesus healed her daughter immediately (v. 28), because of her great faith. So another citizen of Sidon was written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, perhaps beside the widow of Zarephath, through the divine means of healing.
Following this incident, Jesus departed from there and “went along by the Sea of Galilee…” (v. 29). But the crowd found him there and “great multitudes came to Him, bringing with them those who were lame, crippled, blind, dumb, and many others, and they laid them down at His feet; and He healed them, so that the multitude marveled as they saw the dumb speaking, the crippled restored, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing…” (vv. 30-31). But the greatest result was not in the marveling. It is found in the last little phrase of this passage: “and they glorified the God of Israel.” Dozens, perhaps scores more were redeemed because of God’s gracious and divine healing.