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1 A Mothers Faith Matthew 15:21-28 University Church of Christ

2 Matthew 15:21-25 And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon. But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, Send her away, for she is crying out after us. He answered, I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. But she came and knelt before him, saying, Lord, help me. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon. But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, Send her away, for she is crying out after us. He answered, I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. But she came and knelt before him, saying, Lord, help me.

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4 A Desperate Woman OJesus withdraws to the far north OApproached by a Canaanite woman – Traditional enemies of Israel OShe is crying, desperate OSon of David – Recognizes His great standing OApproaches as a mother – At wits end OWill Jesus help her demon possessed daughter?

5 Silence From God OHave you cried to God in desperation? OHave you only received silence in response? OWhy would Jesus do this? OWhat do we do when God is silent when we are desperate? ODo we walk away, frustrated or angered?

6 Send Her Away ODisciples want her sent away – She is a nuisance – Implication: heal her so shell leave OJesus is sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. – Limited earthly ministry OShe stands outside mission parameters

7 Another Entreaty ODoes she leave, hopeless for her daughter? OInstead of leaving, she kneels before Jesus OLord, help me. OCry of desperation OShe knows He can do what she needs

8 Matthew 15:26 And he answered, It is not right to take the childrens bread and throw it to the dogs. And he answered, It is not right to take the childrens bread and throw it to the dogs.

9 Disturbing Reply OFew NT narratives more disturbing OChallenges our understanding of Jesus OWhy does He seem reluctant? OWhy does Jesus seemingly insult her? OWhy wont He show her mercy like we expect? OLikely a proverbial expression stating obvious priority

10 Matthew 15:27-28 She said, Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table. Then Jesus answered her, O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire. And her daughter was healed instantly. She said, Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table. Then Jesus answered her, O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire. And her daughter was healed instantly.

11 How to Respond? OHow will she respond? OJustified in angrily storming off? OContent with crumbs: just heal my daughter!

12 Great Faith! OJesus impressed OHe proclaims great faith – Reminds us of centurions faith (Mat 7:10) – Only ones whose faith praised by Jesus OThe daughter healed instantly

13 Focused Faith OCanaanite mother knew who Jesus was – Son of David OOnly He could do what she needed OHer goalhealing for her daughtermost important thing OPride not an issue – Kneels – Accepts she has no right to sit at Masters table – Initially recognized Him as Israels king (Son of David)

14 Matthew 15:10-12 And he called the people to him and said to them, Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person. Then the disciples came and said to him, Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?

15 Offended OPharisees offended by Jesus OYet Canaanite woman is not OShe attains her goal – No pride, no anger OOvercomes obstacles – Social status: Gentile woman – Disciples hostility – Jesus perceived indifference – Jesus perceived insult

16 Matthew 11:4-6 And Jesus answered them, Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.

17 Achieving the Goal OWhat do we learn from this mother? OOnly God has what we need OWho we are does not limit us OInitial silence cannot stop us OOthers opposition cannot stop us OWe can only rely on Gods grace – We have no rightful claim to the table

18 Luke 13:29 And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God. And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God.


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