A woman of faith.

Matthew 15:22,28

Jesus had sjust aid, “Him that cometh unto Me, I will in no wise cast out” (Jh.6:37:) but difficulties have often to be faced and surmounted in our life (v.22).

Look at who she was with regard to her nationality, she was woman of Canaan.

She was a representative of a class that were without hope, having no promise, and without God in the world (Eph.2:12) “That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:”

She was a woman in deep anxiety “Her daughter was vexed with a devil” (v.22). Her own soul was thereby grievously vexed.

Her great need and conscious helplessness drove her to Jesus.

Thank God for that Blessed thirst that draws us to such a fountain.

Our poverty, like the prodigal’s, is often the means of driving us home to the house of plenty, our Father house

Look Her Request to Jesus.It was acry for mercy. “Have mercy on me” (v.22). How proper is this prayer for a penitent! There are many excellencies contained in it. (1) It is short; (2) humble; (3) full of faith; (4) fervent; (5) modest; (6) respectful; (7) rational; (8) relying only on the mercy of God; (9) persevering.

Our prayer will always be short when mercy is felt to be the first need.

If we secure His mercy we will receive his out flowing of infinite blessing.

If mercy is our first plea it will not be our last. Note she cryed to the lord.“Have mercy on me, 0 Lord” (v. 22). Yes, Jesus is Lord of Lord’s and King of Kings, the Almighty, “TO whom can we go but unto Thee? Thou hast the words of eternal life.”

She had to deal with Difficulties. The first trial she met with was the silence of Jesus. “He answered her not a word” (v. 23).

Does it not seem alarmingly strange that Jesus should hold His peace at such a time ?

There is a need in this woman’ life. We must not deal with Jesus as one would do in trying an experiment.

The silence of the Saviour may lead to a deeper searching of our heart, II.(Cor.13:5) “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”

Although He gives no word we may still hope in His character.

Her other difficulties was the conduct of the disciples.“They said“Send her away” (v. 23).

Between the silence of Jesus and His followers her faith would be severely tested.

The conduct of many of Christ’s disciples is more likely to drive away than attract to the Master; their words and actions are sad representations of His gracious character.

Are we commending Him by showing love for the perishing ? She had to face her own unworthiness. “Jesus said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (v.24).

She didnot belong to the house of Israel; therefore as a heathen Gentile she had no claim on Him as the Son of

David.

She was knocking at a closed door. If as sinners we would buy from Him, we must buy without money,Nothing in my hand I bring.”

Let us look at the The righteousness of God. “It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs” (v.26) Thank God our life is in the hands of Infinite Love.

The promises given only to saints will not be cast to sinners.

God cannot be unrighteous, even in saving a soul. She was not a Jewish child; therefore by birth she had no hope.

In Christ she meet with a just Argument.“Truth, Lord; yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall” (v.27). (2.) As much as to say, “That’s the truth, but as LORD Thou canst give me also what I need. This was a powerful plea, because it was her argument, “0 woman, great is thy faith” (v.28).

She laid fast hold upon His character, not as the Son of David, but as the Son of God, as Lord over all, blessed for ever.

She wasa woman with a broken spirit.She humbly took her place among the undeserving dogs, that the grace of the Lord might reach even to her.

Grace delights to flow down and fill the needy. A broken and a contrite spirit He will not despise.

Note her success. Hers was the triumph of faith. She gained the needed blessing,“Be it unto thee even as thou wilt” (v. 28). “

Lord help me is answered by His offer of Omnipotent fulness.

Faith may be tested, but it will not be disappointed.

Though He tarry, wait. She knew His Name, and trusted in Him, and He did not forsake her (Psa. 9:10).

She exceeded a passing privilege.While Jesus was passing by, she “came out and cried” (v.22). This was her only opportunity, and she made the most of it “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (II.Cor. 6: 2).

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