23But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” 24But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”
Jesus’ response to the request of a Gentile woman to heal her daughter was silence.
But He answered her not a word.
Jesus’ response to the woman was to answer her “not a word.” By not acknowledging her need, Jesus appeared indifferent to her person. However, Jesus always had a reason for what He did. Here, it may have been to test her faith.
And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.”
Jesus’ disciples urged Him to send her away because they deemed her request as impertinence. She made too much noise for them and got on their nerves! She couldn’t take “no” for any answer.
But He answered [the disciples] and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Jesus reminded His disciples that the purpose of His mission at this time was for Israel (10:6). It was not right that He would offer salvation to the Gentiles before the Jews. Jews had a privileged status before God because of His unconditional covenants with them. Later, He would launch a mission to the Gentiles.
Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”
Undaunted, the woman persisted in her request. She had so little light but such great faith.
Faith is the cause of worship.
At the heart of adoration is belief in the person we admire. That attitude produces persistence. This attitude refuses defeat or discouragement. This kind of dead earnestness results in passion about the object of worship.