I’ve been going through Jesus’ travels in the book of Matthew this afternoon, and was struck by the healing of the Canaanite woman’s daughter in chapter 15. At the end of chapter 14 Jesus is in Gennesaret, which is on the west side of the Sea of Galilee. Matthew 15:21 says “And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon.” That’s 50 miles away! While there, a Canaanite woman begs Jesus persistently to heal her daughter and he does. That’s verses 22 through 28. In verse 29 he walks back to the Sea of Galilee, another 50 miles.
So according to Matthew, Jesus walks 50 miles, heals a Canaanite girl, and then walks 50 miles back. Did Jesus do other things on the trip? Probably, but I like how Matthew focuses on the one. It’s as if Jesus walked 100 miles to help that one girl. Yes, God cares about the one!