Matt 15 tells a much different story of faith and belief than many of the other stories in the Gospels. Jesus enters the region of Tyre and Sidon and upon his arrival He is approached by a Canaanite Gentile woman. This woman has a dire need, her daughter is severely demon-possessed. She would certainly have heard that Jesus had healed many similar instances, so upon His arrival into town, she started yelling for his attention. Jesus’ response does not fit with his typical WWJD behavior. He first ignores her, then he tells his disciples that he was not sent to anyone except Jews, and finally he addresses the woman directly and compares her race of people to dogs. What? This can’t be happening, this is Jesus we are talking about.
Watch the progression of the woman’s reaction to encountering Jesus. First she cries out, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David.” Remember, most of the followers of Jesus, including a few of the apostles, weren’t even certain who Jesus was, yet this Gentile woman nails it. Her next response after being ignored: “Then she came and worshiped Him, saying Lord, help me!” Her final response after being compared to a dog: Yes Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs from the master’s table.”
WOW! No wonder Jesus final comment to her was, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” Jesus healed this woman’s daughter based off the persistence of her faith. She knew exactly who Jesus was. Did you see it? In each of her three responses she addressed Jesus as Lord. This non-Jewish woman realized very quickly that the only hope for her daughter was Jesus. She believed that Jesus could heal her daughter, and Jesus honored that belief.