This is not an easy storyline. It doesn’t seem to fit in with all the others. Starting with the fact Jesus is in Phoenicia!
It’s still about another desperate person! But this woman seems to be all wrong for the part - wrong ethnically and religiously!
And even Jesus seems cast differently at first. Uncharacteristically, He seems to be playing along with the prevailing cultural stereotypes as He interacts with this Canaanite woman.
But don’t forget. Jesus purposely went into her country. He’s directing this foreign classic on purpose and for a purpose.
I’m no critic, but I think the Teacher wants to explore some familiar themes in a new context. Permit us see something from a different angle in the interplay between Himself and this foreigner - her and the disciples.
It’s about persistence in over-coming barriers. It is also about being patient in ministry with difficult people.
The main topic?
Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.
In fact, we absolutely must see it now. Anyone anywhere can come to Jesus by faith!