Presentation on theme: "A Mother’s Faith Matthew 15:21-28 University Church of Christ."— Presentation transcript:
1 A Mother’s FaithMatthew 15:21-28University Church of Christ
2 Matthew 15:21-25And 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.”
4 A Desperate Woman Jesus withdraws to the far north Approached by a Canaanite womanTraditional enemies of IsraelShe is crying, desperate“Son of David”Recognizes His great standingApproaches as a motherAt wit’s endWill Jesus help her demon possessed daughter?
5 Silence From God Have you cried to God in desperation? Have you only received silence in response?Why would Jesus do this?What do we do when God is silent when we are desperate?Do we walk away, frustrated or angered?
6 Send Her Away Disciples want her sent away She is a nuisanceImplication: “heal her so she’ll leave”Jesus is “sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”Limited earthly ministryShe stands outside mission parameters
7 Another Entreaty Does she leave, hopeless for her daughter? Instead of leaving, she kneels before Jesus“Lord, help me.”Cry of desperationShe knows He can do what she needs
8 Matthew 15:26And he answered, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
9 Disturbing Reply Few NT narratives more disturbing Challenges our understanding of JesusWhy does He seem reluctant?Why does Jesus seemingly insult her?Why won’t He show her mercy like we expect?Likely a proverbial expression stating obvious priority
10 Matthew 15:27-28She 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? How will she respond? Justified in angrily storming off?Content with crumbs: just heal my daughter!
12 Great Faith! Jesus impressed He proclaims great faith Reminds us of centurion’s faith (Mat 7:10)Only ones whose faith praised by JesusThe daughter healed “instantly”
13 Focused Faith Canaanite mother knew who Jesus was Son of DavidOnly He could do what she neededHer goal—healing for her daughter—most important thingPride not an issueKneelsAccepts she has no right to sit at Master’s tableInitially recognized Him as Israel’s king (“Son of David”)
14 Matthew 15:10-12And 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 Pharisees offended by Jesus Yet Canaanite woman is not She attains her goalNo pride, no angerOvercomes obstaclesSocial status: Gentile womanDisciples hostilityJesus’ perceived indifferenceJesus’ perceived insult
16 Matthew 11:4-6And 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 What do we learn from this mother? Only God has what we needWho we are does not limit usInitial silence cannot stop usOthers’ opposition cannot stop usWe can only rely on God’s graceWe have no rightful claim to the table
18 Luke 13:29And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God.