Jesus then moved on to the territory near the city of Tyre (93). He went into a house seeking seclusion, but word got around & he couldn’t stay hidden.
A woman, whose daughter had an evil spirit in her, heard Jesus was in town; she came to him at once and fell at his feet. The woman was not a Jew; she had been born in the region of Phoenicia in Syria. She begged Jesus to expel an evil spirit from her daughter.
But Jesus answered, “I must first feed the children (meaning the Jews). It isn’t right to take the children’s food and throw it to dogs (meaning the non-Jews).”
“Sir,” she answered, “even the dogs under the table get to eat the children’s table-scraps.”
Jesus said to the woman, “I love the humility of that answer! Go on home to your daughter; the evil spirit has been expelled from her.” The woman went home and found her child lying on the bed; the evil spirit had indeed ceased tormenting her!
As Jesus returned to Lake Galilee, some people brought to him a man who couldn’t hear or speak, and they begged Jesus to place his hands on him. Taking the deaf-mute away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears; then he put some saliva on his fingers & touched the man’s tongue with it. Jesus sighed as he looked up to heaven, and then said to the man, “Open up!”
At once the man was able to hear & talk without any problem!
Jesus told the people not to tell anyone about this, but the more he insisted, the more they told it. Many people exclaimed with amazement, “He can even cause the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak!”
And gradually, more & more of these amazed people began opening up to God.
(93) Matthew 15:21-31, Mark 7:24-37