15 Daughter of Canaanite woman





Matthew 15:21-28 (NIV)
21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession." 23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, "Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us." 24 He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel." 25 The woman came and knelt before him. "Lord, help me!" she said. 26 He replied, "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs." 27 "Yes, Lord," she said, "but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table." 28 Then Jesus answered, "Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.


Mark 7:24-30 (NIV)

24 Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it: yet he could not keep his presence secret. 25 In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an evil spirit came and fell at his feet. 26 The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter. 27 "First let the children eat all they want," he told her, "for it is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs." 28 "Yes, Lord," she replied, "but even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs."29 Then he told her, "For such a reply, you may go: the demon has left your daughter." 30 She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.




1.     Identify as completely as possible the person in need (e.g., age, ethnic origin, religion, gender, social status).


2. What was the immediate, obvious need?


3. Who took the initiative in effecting the healing?

      The person in need?

      Others? ~. Jesus? ~.

      How was it expressed?

4.     Describe the actions or process leading to the healing; that is, what was said (e.g., questions, requests, com­mands) and what was done (e.g., approaching, following, touching, publicly/privately), and by whom?


5. Did the person in need or someone else verbally express faith?   Non-verbally?   Describe how and by whom faith was involved in this healing.


6. What were the evidences that the person was healed?


7. What were the reactions to the healing?


8. What in this narrative led Jesus to minister healing to the person in need?



1.     How does the Canaanite (Syro-Phonoecian) women address Jesus? Matthew says she "knelt" (NIV) before him, i.e., prostrated herself, pleading. What do these say about her? What do these say about Jesus?

2.     What does she ask him to do? Why "help me", instead of "help my daughter"? What might be the feelings of a mother (or father) be who, for years, has looked after a sick child? Does she do or say anything to suggest that she was desperate? If so, what? Have you experienced times when your healing prayer was one of desperation? What was the result?

3. Why, do you suppose, Jesus was initially silent? Why did the disciples urge Jesus to send her away? For Jesus sake? For her sake? For their sake? Because she was a Canaanite? What does that tell us about how we might respond to requests for healing prayer? About how we should respond?

4. How many times does the mother implore Jesus to heal her daughter? What does this tell you about intercessory prayer?

5.     Jesus' remark that it isn't good to take food for the children (the Jews) and throw it to the dogs (Gentiles) seems a bit harsh. Is Jesus toying with her? Playing word games? Testing her? Why make such a remark? How does the women respond? Is she dissuaded? Why not?

6.     Jesus tells the woman that her faith is great. What ingredients of "great faith" does the woman demonstrate? Must these always be present? How much faith is shown by the one being healed?

7.     At the last, how is the daughter healed? Why do you think Jesus ultimately ministers to the daughter? Do you think it would have been possible for Jesus to minister to someone over the telephone? Is it possible for you to do that?

8.     What lesson(s) have you learned about healing from this account?