Today let’s focus on a Bible miracle from the book of Matthew: Jesus heals a gentile woman’s daughter (Matthew 15:21-28; Mark 7:24-30)
Teaching children about the Bible miracles is important because it helps them to see how nothing is impossible for God. If God can do miracles in the Bible, He can do them in our children’s lives today. Here is an easy way to do that interactively.
One day while Jesus was walking along with His disciples, a gentile (non Jewish) woman came to Him and begged Him to heal her daughter who was being tormented by a demon. Even Jesus’ disciples knew that it was inappropriate for a gentile woman to be in contact with Jesus and they tried to send her away. But Jesus would not hear of it. His kingdom plan was much larger than the disciples could ever imagine.
Ask the children…
Jesus wanted to teach the disciples that His ministry extended beyond the Jews, but He did this by challenging the woman. What was his first challenge?
“Then Jesus said to the woman, ‘I was sent only to help God’s lost sheep—the people of Israel.’” (Matthew 15:24)
This did not deter the woman. She just worshipped Jesus and asked again. What was Jesus second challenge?
“Jesus responded, ‘It isn’t right to take food from the children (Jews) and throw it to the dogs (gentiles).'” (Matthew 15:26)
The woman responded that even dogs get the scraps from the table. Jesus was amazed at her faith and persistance. How did He then respond?
“’Dear woman,’ Jesus said to her, ‘your faith is great. Your request is granted.’ And her daughter was instantly healed.” (Matthew 15:28 )
Although Jesus had been sent first to the Jews, His kingdom program involved the Jews and the gentiles. In the end, it is all about our faith and not our lineage. It doesn’t matter who our parents are, but who we put our trust in.
Ask your children who they know someone that seems far off from God. Ask your children if they would like to make a plan to begin to pray for that person. Somewhere inside that person God may have planted a seed of faith that your prayers can water and cause to grow.
Feel free to share your prayer in our comments section below. Let’s get others involved in your faith praying experience.
If you like what you read, check out our children’s book, Hooked on the Book, on this website. It is great for parents and kids because it provides the Big Story of God’s miraculous plan for His children in all 66 books in the Bible including colorful illustrations, rhymes and a surprise on every page.Related Posts