Matthew 15:22
And a Canaanite woman from that region came to Him, crying out, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is miserably possessed by a demon."
A Claim on God's MercyR. Tuck Matthew 15:22
Mother's LoveCharles KingsleyMatthew 15:22
A Double MiracleJ. H. Burn, B. D., Harry Jones, M. A., J. Morison, D. D.Matthew 15:21-28
A Right Knowledge of Satanic Torments Will Lead to ChristS. Rutherford.Matthew 15:21-28
A Woman of CanaanR. Glover.Matthew 15:21-28
A Woman's Master-StrokeLuther.Matthew 15:21-28
A Word to ParentsF. F. McGlynn, M. A., The Pulpit.Matthew 15:21-28
All Things Possible to FaithJ. Bate.Matthew 15:21-28
An Incident Like ThisMatthew 15:21-28
Asking for CrumbsMatthew 15:21-28
Children's Bread Given to DogsC. H. Spurgeon.Matthew 15:21-28
Christ and the WomanJ. Jortin.Matthew 15:21-28
Christ Cannot be HidS. Rutherford., S. Rutherford.Matthew 15:21-28
Christ Hears Prayer Even If He Does not AnswerS. Rutherford.Matthew 15:21-28
Christ Looking Beyond His Temporary LimitsS. Rutherford.Matthew 15:21-28
Determination in PrayerS. Rutherford.Matthew 15:21-28
Faith Gives Prevalency to PrayerGurnall.Matthew 15:21-28
Faith Strengthened by Importunate PrayerS. Rutherford.Matthew 15:21-28
Faith Triumphing Over DifficultiesAnon.Matthew 15:21-28
Fervour in PrayerS. RutherfordMatthew 15:21-28
God's Delays in Answering PrayerC. M. Merry.Matthew 15:21-28
Good to be Near ChristS. Rutherford.Matthew 15:21-28
Grace Working on Unpromising MaterialS. Rutherford.Matthew 15:21-28
Great FaithJ. Vaughan, M,A.Matthew 15:21-28
Great FaithJ.A. Macdonald Matthew 15:21-28
Great Thoughts of ChristC. H. Spurgeon.Matthew 15:21-28
Grievously Vexed with a DevilBishop Gregg.Matthew 15:21-28
Help from He, HeavenA. O.Matthew 15:21-28
Her PrayerS. Rutherford.Matthew 15:21-28
Moral PersistenceT. Manton.Matthew 15:21-28
My DaughterS. Rutherford.Matthew 15:21-28
Our Lord Had a Very Quick Eye for Spying FaithC. H. SpurgeonMatthew 15:21-28
Perseverance of FaithSalter.Matthew 15:21-28
Prayer Deeper than WordsMatthew 15:21-28
Prayer Strengthened by AdversityS. Rutherford.Matthew 15:21-28
She Crieth After UsMatthew 15:21-28
Significant SilenceW. Burrows, B. A.Matthew 15:21-28
SilenceW. Denton., J. Morison, D. D.Matthew 15:21-28
Spread of Truth to Foreign LandsJ. Wells.Matthew 15:21-28
Stern TruthsBishop Gregg.Matthew 15:21-28
Tears have a TongueS. Rutherford.Matthew 15:21-28
THe Canaanite's FaithAdolphe Monod.Matthew 15:21-28
The Disciples Sending Away the Canaanite WomanE. Bersier, D. D.Matthew 15:21-28
The DogsJ. Morison, D. D.Matthew 15:21-28
The Elements of Prevailing PrayerJ. B. Jeher, D. D.Matthew 15:21-28
The Elements of Prevailing PrayerJ. B. Jeter, D. D.Matthew 15:21-28
The Faith of the Syro-Phoenician WomanCongregational PulpitMatthew 15:21-28
The Greatness of a Woman's FaithB. J. HoadleyMatthew 15:21-28
The Kindness of RefusalsJ. Wells.Matthew 15:21-28
The Little DogsC. H. Spurgeon.Matthew 15:21-28
The Lost Sheep of the House of IsraelJ. Morison, D. D.Matthew 15:21-28
The Mutual Attractions Between Jesus and the SoulR. Glover.Matthew 15:21-28
The Second Sunday in LentJ. A. Seiss, D. D.Matthew 15:21-28
The Syro-Phoenician WomanMarcus Dods Matthew 15:21-28
The Trial and Triumph of FaithS. Rutherford.Matthew 15:21-28
The Triumph of a Mother's LoveW.F. Adeney Matthew 15:21-28
The Triumph of FaithJ. T. Woodhouse.Matthew 15:21-28
The Use of DelayJ. Wells.Matthew 15:21-28
The Woman of CanaanJ. Ker, D. D.Matthew 15:21-28
The Woman of CanaanLeonard W. Bacon, R. Newton.Matthew 15:21-28
The Woman of CanaanC. Bradley., T. Mortimer.Matthew 15:21-28
The Woman of CanaanT. Manton.Matthew 15:21-28
The Woman of CanaanDaniel Wilcox.Matthew 15:21-28
The Woman of CanaanJ. Wonnacott.Matthew 15:21-28
The Woman of CanaanG. Moberly, D. C. L.Matthew 15:21-28
The Woman of CanaanJ. Bate.Matthew 15:21-28
The, Coasts of Tyre and SidonHarry Jones, M. A.Matthew 15:21-28
This Woman of Caanan Teaches Us to PrayLapide.Matthew 15:21-28
Utilizing Rich Spiritual InfluencesS. Rutherford.Matthew 15:21-28
Victorious Wrestling in PrayerC. E. Luthardt.Matthew 15:21-28

Have mercy on me. The woman was wiser than she knew. She could bring no claim; as a foreigner she had no sort of right to our Lord's help. She made no pretence of having any claim, save the claim which every sufferer and every sinner may have on God's mercy. But that is the best of all claims; the one to which response is always assured. The sufferer and the sinner may fully hope in God's mercy.

I. THE CLAIM OF THE SUFFERER ON GOD'S MERCY. Mercy includes interest, pity, sympathy, consideration, and desire to help. The good man feels merciful toward the suffering creature; the father is merciful to the suffering children. God is merciful to the suffering being he has made. But God's mercy is assured because, to him, all suffering is the fruitage of sin; and God knows how the suffering has to fall on those who have not committed the sin. If God saw only sin, he would respond with judgment. He sees so much suffering following on sin, to which he can only respond with mercy. The child pleaded for was not suffering directly for sin. The mother's suffering was part of the race burden, and not distinctively her own. So, here, suffering claimed mercy. We might be led on to indicate that God's mercy can be shown to sufferers by prolonging the suffering as truly as by removing it. Mercy in its operation is ever guided by an infinite wisdom.

II. THE CLAIM OF THE SINNER ON GOD'S MERCY. Not a natural claim. There is no reason why God should bear with sinners in the nature of things. Every notion of government shows demand for justice. Officially God must deal justly. Mercy brings in the qualification that belongs to God's character. We see this in the case of a human magistrate. As a magistrate he has no mercy; he is strictly to apply the law. As a man, and as a character, he can bring mercy in to qualify the strict applications of law. It is well to remember that God never deals with men simply as an official. He is always a character, a noble character, and therefore "merciful and gracious." Lead on to show that the supreme interest of the manifestation of Christ, the supreme interest of such a scene as is now before us, lies in its revelation of the character of God, and especially its disclosure of the fact that God's having a character gives both sufferers and sinners a claim upon his mercy. - R.T.

Then Jesus went thence and departed Into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.

1. She had much against her in her original circumstances. In the eye of a Jew she belonged to the most hated of all the Gentile races. There was a frontier line of dislike to cross, far wider than any distance between Tyre and Palestine. Yet it did not keep her from finding her way to the great Teacher of the Jewish nation.

2. She got little countenance from Christ's disciples. Annoyed at her importunity, and desiring to be freed from the trouble of her presence, they desired Christ to send her away. She could not but feel they would gladly be rid of her, in the way some cast an alms to a persistent beggar. Weaker faith would have felt the chill, and would have desisted. But it is not from them that she seeks an answer. She will take her dismissal from none but Christ Himself.

3. The woman's faith reaches its greatest trial in the conduct of Christ. The disciples, cold as they are, seem merciful compared with their Master. As she cries, and pours her heart into her prayer, He moves away with silent neglect. That dreadful silence is harder to bear than the sorest word that can be spoken. Still she cried after Him, and at last He spoke. But His words, were they not even harder than His silence? For He did not speak to her, but only of her, and that in such a slighting manner as almost to quench all hope. Still she persists, and at length — as Christ all along intended she should — gains her heart's desire.

II. WHAT HELPED HER FAITH TO HOLD ON AND TRIUMPH? We do not speak of the first cause of all, which was Christ's eye watching her steps, and His hand bearing her up, but of the mediate causes by which her faith was upheld.

1. She had a deep home and heart sorrow, spurring her on to make every exertion. In other means had failed, but something told her there was hope here, and to this she clung. The greater the feeling of the trouble, the more surely will it carry you into the presence of the only Saviour.

2. She had learned to take a very humble view of herself. As humility goes deep down, faith rises up high and strong, for humility furnishes the roots by which faith holds on.

3. Her faith was so strong, because it had hold of another Christ, greater and more merciful than her eyes saw. She looked beyond appearances, and fixed her gaze on things unseen and eternal. It is this which keeps men right, amid adverse surroundings. Thick thunderclouds of Atheism and Pessimism sometimes hang lowering over the earth, and threaten to quench all the higher hope; but God has given to the spirit a power by which it can pass up through them and sing like the lark in the sunshine and the blue sky. It is the work of the Lord Jesus Christ to educate and strengthen it by drawing it, often through much tribulation, to Himself.

(J. Ker, D. D.)

Of all the expressions of Christian life, prayer is the foremost, h precedes and accompanies every other. It is the breathing of the soul, the palpitation of the heart of the new inward man.

I. (1) Prayer is a NECESSITY. A Christian cannot live without inward intercourse with his God and Saviour. Love cannot exist without unbosoming itself.(2) It is also a spiritual power. It not only reacts upon ourselves and our temper, it also acts from us outwardly on the course of things; for it both cases our heart, and overcomes God's.

II. THE SENSE OF OUR WANT URGES US TO PRAY. Knowledge of our sinfulness drives us to God. As the drowning man attaches himself to the saving hand, and does not let go his hold, so the soul attaches itself to the hand of Jesus, and refuses to be shaken off. Then the wrestling prayer for salvation begins, for it is begotten of the feeling of the soul's misery.

III. WHAT HELPS US TO OVERCOME IN THE STRUGGLE IS THE PERSEVERANCE OF HUMBLE FAITH. Jesus is the conqueror; but Jesus we seize by faith, and with Him is victory.

1. We must seek Jesus. No rest till we come to Him. No other can help us, or rid us of our sin.

2. We must not let Jesus go. If He goes away, follow Him; if He seems to be stern, become more urgent; if He hides His face, cry the louder; if He will not listen, assail His heart. Every No of Jesus is an Aye in disguise. It is true we deserve none of the things we pray for; but He has enough and to spare for all; and after the children are filled, He can afford to cast the crumbs to the dogs. If we have but the crumbs from His rich table, we shall be satisfied. Even if we are the last in His kingdom, it is sufficient, so that we only have some share of His grace. If it is only one look of His eye; only one glance from Him. If we are not allowed to rest on His breast with John, we shall be satisfied if only with Thomas we are permitted to behold the print of the nails. And when we have become quite exhausted in wrestling with Him, and all our strength is broken; when, so to speak, the hollow of our thigh is out of joint; when we can only cling to Him and declare we will not let Him go except He bless us; even then we shall overcome, and He will declare Himself to be vanquished.

IV. WHAT DO WE WIN IN THE VICTORY? The blessing of Jesus Christ — "Be it unto thee, even as thou wilt." What a wonderful word. To whom does it apply? To him who first has sacrificed his self-will, and has learnt to say, from the bottom of his heart, "Lord, not as I will, but as Thou wilt." Then God's will and man's are become one. Just before, almost powerless: now, almost almighty. He who thus wins God's heart, wins everything. A child of God is lord over all things,

(C. E. Luthardt.)

This story is the simplest of dramas, having two persons and a chorus.


(1)Her trouble;

(2)Her faith, which is neither a superstitious credulity, nor a hesitating experiment;

(3)Her reward.

II. THE OTHER PERSON IS THE LORD JESUS. Looking on Him as the model of human duty, and the expression of the Divine nature, we find in this story things amazing and perplexing. What are we to learn from them?

1. The perplexities in the life of Christ are like the perplexities in the government of God.

2. This incident exhibits Christ gazing inexorable, for a time, on human suffering.

3. His apparent unkindness is only apparent.

4. His blessing is already given, while yet the supplicant is unaware of it.

(Leonard W. Bacon)




IV. THAT SINCERE SUPPLICANTS MAY MEET WITH GREAT DISCOURAGEMENTS IN PRAYER. Delays are not denials. We are apt to value highly that which costs us effort



(R. Newton.)

The Saviour's silence was not the result of intellectual poverty. Was not that of one taken with mere self-considerations. Was not caused by indifference.

I. The Saviour's silence indicates thoughtfulness.

II. Denotes loving estimates.

III. Manifests the greatness of self-control. Effective speech is power over one's fellows, but silence is power over one's own self.

IV. And yet the Saviour's silence may have been sympathetic.

V. Was preparative. What power in a judicious pause. Delay may enhance the preciousness of the gift.

(W. Burrows, B. A.)


1. Strong and wise parental love.

2. Her earnestness.

3. Deep humility.

II. WHAT OUR LORD HIMSELF ACTUALLY COMMENDED IN HER — "Great is thy faith." This virtue singled out because all others flow from it.


1. Christ delayed His answer to her petition.

2. He gave her strength to persevere in prayer for it, and made that prayer more humble and earnest.

3. He put on her signal honour.

4. He at last gave her all that she desired.

5. There is often more love towards us in the heart of Christ than we can see in His dealings with us.

6. The prayer of faith is always crowned with success.

(C. Bradley.)

I. WHO THIS WOMAN was. She was not an Israelite. The cause of her sorrow was not her own. Her prayer.


1. His silence when we should not have expected it.

2. He seems to plead that His commission had been exclusively to Israel.

3. He appears to add insult to cruelty.

4. He suffers Himself to be conquered by faith.


1. YOU may go to Christ for yourselves.

2. You may go to Christ for your relatives.

3. Jesus can and will do helpless sinners good.

(T. Mortimer.)

1. To try our faith.

2. To foster humility.

3. To intensify desire after the blessings we request.

4. To enhance the joy of success when the answer is vouchsafed.

5. Blessed are they that wait for Him.

(C. M. Merry.)




IV.Faith. Conclude with a few practical remarks.

(J. B. Jeher, D. D.)

Faith overcomes —

I.Obstacles in our personal circumstances.

II.The concealments of Jesus.

III.The silence of Jesus.

IV.The refusals of Jesus.

V.The reproaches of Jesus.


This is an instance of a wrestling faith; faith wrestling with grievous temptations, but at length obtaining help from God. We ought to consider this(1) because Christ pronounced it to be great faith;(2) it instructs us that the life and exercise of faith is not easy, but will meet with great discouragements;(3) because of the success attending it.

I. The quality of the woman.

II. She was a believer.

III. The greatness and strength of her faith; seen in her trials and temptations; and in her victory over them, by her importunity, humility, and resolved confidence.The woman's temptations are four.

I. Christ's silence. Though a sore temptation, this should not yet weaken our faith; for God's delay is for His own glory and our good: to enlarge our desires, and put greater fervency into them.

II. The small assistance she had from the disciples.

III. Christ's seeming to exclude her from His commission.

IV. Christ's answer implying a contempt of her, or at least a strong reason against her.The woman's victory over her temptations.

I.By her importunity.

II.Her humility.

III.Her resolved confidence. All which are the fruits of great faith.

(T. Manton.)

I. THE TRIALS AND DIFFICULTIES this supplicant's faith met with.

1. Christ is wholly silent.

2. Christ intimates that He had nothing to do with her.

3. Christ seems to answer with reproach and contempt.


1. Though Christ was silent she did not drop, but continued her suit.

2. She passes over the doubt she could not answer, and instead of disputing, adores Him, and prays to Him still.

3. She humbly let pass the (seeming) indignity, and turned that which seemed to make most against her into an argument for her obtaining the mercy she came to Him to beg for.


1. Her faith was owned, commended, and admired by the Author of it.

2. The reward of her faith was ample.

(Daniel Wilcox.)

In judging our Lord's treatment of this woman —

1. Observe that Christ, while He was upon earth, said nothing and did nothing of Himself.

2. Our Lord, who knew the hearts of men, both saw and esteemed the good disposition of this petitioner, but for a time concealed His kind intentions, being willing to exercise her faith and submission, her patience and perseverance.The woman's faith was great —

1. With relation to her religion, and to her country.

2. In comparison with the unbelieving Jews.

3. Considered in itself.

4. Because it stood so severe a trial.

(J. Jortin.)

The position of this woman and the conduct of our Saviour to her.

1. She believed in Jesus before the scene related in this gospel; we distinguish in her conversion that strength of soul which is sure to triumph over all obstacles; all that follows is explained by such a commencement. She was a heathen, and only received God's Word indirectly, through the prejudices of the Jews. The feeble ray which reached her proved sufficient to guide her feet.

2. The conduct of our Lord corresponds with His manner of acting towards the heathen generally, and with His especial designs of mercy towards her. Our Lord did not so treat this woman merely because she was a heathen; but to make His mercy more conspicuous. While He proves He strengthens her. From the heroes of faith He draws back to exercise their courage.

3. See how this woman wrestles with our Lord. Jesus sought retirement. She anticipated His coming. She was alone in seeking Him. She had to force herself into His presence. But Christ could not escape from the faith of this woman. He allows us to conquer Him. She triumphs over the preventives which our Lord opposed to her. Once in the presence of Jesus she in satisfied. His silence. To try her patience. Only for a time. His speech seems cruel. The Word of God does seem sometimes against the child of God. In the love of Christ she finds refuge against His silence and words; His love is only hidden for a moment under harshness. She could not be defeated because she would not doubt. She triumphs.

(Adolphe Monod.)

I. On this occasion CHRIST HAD LEFT HIS OWN COUNTRY AND PEOPLE. Perhaps to avoid the hatred of the scribes and Pharisees; or to abate His popularity. We find Him coasting to Tyre and Sidon. Her need was her plea.


1. In this prayer she recognizes the unity of the Deity, "Lord."

2. What a beautiful trait in her character when she prays, "Have mercy on me;" but we know the chief object of her prayer was her daughter. She identifies herself with her daughter's misery.

3. She asks for mercy and help (ver. 25).

4. Regard Jesus as God able to save or destroy.

(F. F. McGlynn, M. A.)


1. A Greek.

2. A believer in Christ.



1. A long delay.

2. A mortifying rebuke.

3. An apparent refusal.

4. A silent denial.Then her conduct:

1. An humble request.

2. A persevering prayer.

3. An humble confession.

4. An affecting reply.


1. The principle our Lord commends is her faith; from faith all other graces spring.

2. He granted her request.Improvement:

1. The use we should make of affliction.

2. The efficacy of prayer.

(The Pulpit.)


1. She came to the right person.

2. In a right spirit.

3. With a right plea


1. Christ tried her faith by perfect silence.

2. By seeming indifference.

3. By apparent reproach.


1. She was a devout suppliant.

2. An earnest suppliant.

3. An ingenious suppliant.


1. Christ commends her faith.

2. He grants her request.

3. He healed her daughter.

(J. T. Woodhouse.)

I. THE DISCOURAGEMENTS WHICH SHE OVERCAME. These were great, numerous, and increased as she proceeded.

1. The first was the seeming unwillingness of the Saviour to have his retirement disturbed by any one, in any way (Mark 7:24).

2. Her case was itself a very unpromising one. She was a Gentile.

3. The coldness in our Lord's behaviour, which seemed to disdain the least attention to her — "He answered her not a word."

4. The conduct of the disciples introduced a still further dissuasion, well calculated to dampen her hope of success.

5. To this was added the still further disheartening answer of the Master, "I am not sent," etc.

6. Children's bread was not to be given to the dogs. This was the current spirit of the religion of the times.


1. She felt her need, and the true character of her affliction.

2. She credited what she had heard of Christ.

3. And believing as she did, she improved her opportunity. Jesus was in the neighbourhood.

4. She confessed her unworthiness.

5. She had a true and powerful faith.

6. And as the result of her faith, she was invincible in her prayers.


1. It impressively reminds us of the sorrowful condition of human life.

2. This gospel assures us where our help is.

3. It indicates how to avail ourselves of our great mercies.

4. Precious encouragement does it bring to us.

(J. A. Seiss, D. D.)

The movements of mankind are best studied in the lives of individuals.

I. THE WOMAN HERSELF. All we know of her origin and feeling is contained in the three terms that are applied to her — Canaanite, Syro-Phoenician. a Greek. The first two imply her race. She belonged to that race that the Hebrews called Canaanites — that is, Lowlanders, for the great Phoenician people had settled themselves in the fertile valleys, and on the maritime plains of Palestine, and there in their walled cities had developed in the highest degree an ancient civilization. To this Phoenician stock she belonged. It was divided into two parts — the African and the Syrian stock. She belonged to the Syrian, to the people who inhabited the narrow strip of land between Lebanon and the sea. The last term "Greek," has of course nothing to do with race, nor does it say anything of her language; but religion. St. Paul divides men into Jew and Greek; the word means heathen. She was one of those that worship Baal and Astarte.

II. IN HER CASE OBSERVE THE WORKINGS OF SORROW. That from the outset there began to operate compensating results which took away some of the bitterness.

1. This sorrow worked out in a greater love "Have mercy on me; my daughter is vexed." As if she and her daughter were one. It was a mitigation, and in some degree a compensation, that with her sorrow grew such love.

2. The love and the sorrow together co-operated to produce something higher still. They enlarged the heart, purified her feeling, lifted the thought to immortality; Astarte could no longer fill her heart. She wanted a deity that could be a God of love, not of passion; who would create purity, not crush it. This I gather from the fact that she calls Christ " Son of David." She began to think trustfully of Israel's God. Such were the workings of sorrow in her heart.

III. AN ILLUSTRATION OF THE GREAT DRAWINGS BETWEEN THE SAVIOUR AND THE SOUL THAT NEEDS HIM. There is something mysterious here. It is not by accident that great mercy and misery meet. What is the secret of that journey to Tyre and Sidon. I suppose the Saviour felt some magnetic need pulling upon His heart, claiming the help of His pity and power. She was fifty miles away; the road was mountainous; in all the journey there and back He cures no other affliction and preaches no sermon; His sole purpose was to minister to this single sufferer. The prophetic soul knows when its Lord is nigh.

IV. THE SERENE RESULT THAT IS REACHED. She learned the power of prayer. The disciples were changed; educated for their missionary work; they see how rich a thing a human heart is. She came asking a mercy for herself, and went away carrying it to others.

(R. Glover.)


1. She confesses her misery when imploring the mercy of Christ.

2. She confesses her weakness when imploring the help of Christ.

3. She confesses her unworthiness by admitting the mission of Christ.


1. Mark her recognition of the character of Christ.

2. Her confidence in the power of Christ,

3. Her earnestness in seeking the aid of Christ.


1. Her faith overcame the difficulty of obtaining u personal interview with Christ.

2. It overcame the singularly apparent coldness of Christ.

3. It overcame the limitation of the usual ministrations of Christ.

(J. Wonnacott.)

Amongst the causes which keep souls at a distance from Jesus, we must count the attitude of the disciples of Jesus as one of the most powerful. To the Master we must go; not to the disciples. Let us first dispel all misunderstandings. When I declare that we must look to the Master, not to the disciples, I do not forget that the apostles were enlightened by special revelations and were called to found the Church. I do not oppose their teaching to that of the Master; there is no contradiction between them. But when we leave the apostolic age the situation changes. The Church is placed before Christ. But now let us descend to the sphere of the individual conscience. To lead to Jesus! What a privilege and glory. Fidelity of testimony is necessary to this mission. Some are brought to Christ by words, some by indirect influences, others by a love that nothing wearies. But it is possible to put souls away from Jesus Christ. Between them and Christ there have been our sins, pride, etc.

1. Let us remove the hypocrites; to make of their duplicity an arm against the gospel is an unworthy proceeding. You see their inconsistencies; are you sure you do not exaggerate them? Have you weighed all that Christian faith produces of excellent works? Granting that your complaints are well founded: in what way can they justify your unbelief? They could only do so if you had the fairness to seek their cause in the gospel itself. But van contrast the two. Is it not rather the fidelity that offends you, rather than the faults of Christians?

2. A word to you who believe:

1. Judge yourself as you are seeking what is lacking in others. Saved by grace, shall we not exercise mercy?

2. Let us learn to see in our brethren along with the evil that distresses us, the Rood that we have misunderstood until now.

3. Raise your look to the Master, there van will find peace and certainty.

(E. Bersier, D. D.)

I. "THIS POOR WOMAN'S UNREMITTING OBSTINACY, it may so call it, IN PRAYERS. See the power of persevering prayer. They may seem for a while unanswered; they may not seem to work any alteration in our secret hearts.

II. THE POWER OF INTERCESSION. It is our duty to pray for others.

III. That this poor woman's reiterated prayers are by our Lord called faith. Great is the faith that prays without ceasing. The sphere of common duty is the sphere also of secret spiritual growth.

IV. Regard again this poor woman thus singled out in all the heathen world to receive the only cure, as a type of the Church of God. The Church, like her, has many sons and daughters grievously vexed with the evil spirit. They are brought to Christ in prayer.

(G. Moberly, D. C. L.)

How singularly and beautifully appreciative Jesus always was of anything, that was good. His words show accuracy of observation and calculation.

I. There are many striking features in the character of this woman. Her motherly care, energy, humility, pleading; but Christ selected only one. Faith the root of all, Some think we make too much of faith, and place it out of its proper proportion.

II. The elements which went to make the "great faith." Sorrow seems to have been, if not the cradle, yet the school of her faith. She comes and makes her petition as faith always ought, leaving details with God. The test to which she was put was exceedingly severe.

(J. Vaughan, M,A.)

"Lord, help me." This prayer is suitable —

I. For those who are seeking salvation.

II. For a soul under spiritual darkness.

III. For the believer amidst worldly perplexities.

IV. For the Christian labourer.

V. For the dying saint.

(A. O.)

Congregational Pulpit.

1. It was based on the most limited knowledge.

2. It conquered natural prejudice in herself, and the fear of its influence in others.


1. His first object was to expose and rebuke the intense bigotry of the Jews around Him.

2. He wished to draw out and exhibit the full strength of her faith.Lessons:

1. Christ's mercy and mission extend to all, however vile and outcast they may be.

2. The true way to derive good from Him is by faith, rather than by knowledge or acts of worship.

3. An encouragement to the utmost tenacity and desperation of faith.

4. An illustration of the way in which appearances may deceive us. God may seem to repulse us, but never does so actually.

(Congregational Pulpit.)

(1) With great humility in that she acknowledges herself to be a dog;(2) with faith, in that she calls Christ the Son of David, i.e., the Messiah;(3) with modesty, because she sets before Christ the right of dogs and her own misery; yet does not draw from thence the conclusion that Christ should heal her daughter, but leaves that to Him;(4) with prudence, in that she takes hold of Christ by His own words, and gently turns His reasoning against Himself, into an argument for obtaining her desire;(5) with reverence, with religion and devotion, because she made her application on her knees;(6)with resignation, in that she did not say, "Heal my daughter," but "Help me," in the manner that shall seem to Thee best;(7) with confidence, because, although a Gentile, she had a firm hope that she would be heard by Christ:(8) with ardour;(9) with charity, in that she made intercession for her daughter, as if she were anxious for herself, saying, "Help me";(10) with constancy and perseverance, in that she persisted when she was twice repulsed, and became yet more earnest in prayer.


1. Of Faith.

2. Of Healing. Thrice did Christ commend " great faith," and in each case outside the fold of Israel. In this case the wonder is not that the woman had great faith, but that she had faith at all. Her faith was great because —

I. (1) it would stand trial.(2) It was a wrestling faith. She heard the repulse, yet is neither daunted nor disheartened. She will not take His No. She will even resist His arguments.(3) It was victorious. Just now Jesus seemed to deny the smallest boon; now He opens His treasures, and bids her help herself.

II. Learn from this that when God delays a boon, He does not necessarily deny it.

(J. H. Burn, B. D.)Under this story there is the touch of nature which binds us all together. Let us learn from it —

1. Perseverance. Few things can be reached by a single stride. All success is the outcome of previous patience; the finest pictures result from multitudinous touches of the brush. Let. us keep our faces to the light, and the persevering desire shall at length be gratified.

2. Faith. This is a far larger thing than can be clothed in any form, and the most tenacious profession does not imply that we have that vivid apprehension of the living God which makes us really trust in and rest on Him. Have you faith as well as a creed? Are you daily trusting in the living God amidst all your wants, and sorrows, and sins?

3. Toleration. We are often inclined to look with insular exclusiveness or half-disdainful curiosity on such non-Christians as we come in contact with. Let us remember that Christ took the children's bread and cast it to dogs. With such an example before us, we dare not disclaim any as too degraded to share with us the " one flock and one shepherd."

(Harry Jones, M. A.)Truth, Lord, yet the dogs eat, etc. — The woman's remark is admirable and delightful. It is full indeed of true theology and real philosophy. She apprehended clearly(1) that it was right that our Lord's personal ministry should be devoted to the Jews;(2) that He bore a benignant relation to the Gentiles — that He was not a sectarian Saviour;(3) that it would not in the least interfere with His ministry in relation to the Jews, to put forth by the way His blessed energy in behalf of such suppliant Gentiles as herself. She was not asking Him to forsake Palestine, or the Jews.

(J. Morison, D. D.)

Was not this a master-stroke? She snares Christ in His own words.


Dean Plumptre gives the following story from the Talmud. "There was a famine in the land, and stores of corn were placed under the care of Rabbi Jehudah the Holy, to be distributed only to those who were skilled in the knowledge of the law. And, behold, a man came, Jonathan, the son of Amram, and clamorously asked for his portion. The Rabbi asked him whether he knew the condition, and had fulfilled it, and then the suppliant changed his tone and said, 'Nay, but feed me as a dog is fed, who eats of the crumbs of the feast,' and the Rabbi hearkened to his words, and gave him of the corn."

Laurence Justinian. first Patriarch of Venice, resembled this woman in the prayer he offered when at the point of death. "I dare not ask for a seat among the happy spirits who behold the Holy Trinity. Nevertheless, Thy creature asks for some portion of the crumbs of Thy most holy table. It shall be more than enough for me, O, how much mere than enough! If Thou wilt not refuse some little place to this Thy poor servant beneath the feet of the least of Thine elect."

This narrative records a visit of Jesus to a region which lay beyond the borders of the Jewish land. It did not lie at any great distance; it was within a day's ride of Capernaum, and it could be seen from hill-tops just behind Nazareth; yet it was an alien country, and that notable strip of the Mediterranean shore on which Tyre and Sidon were situated had never belonged to the Jewish people. The coast of Tyre and Sidon was fringed by an almost continuous line of buildings; quays, warehouses, and private residences dotted the whole shore-line, and it was therefore no retired spot, but one which swarmed with a large and busy population, with ships sailing on the face of the waters, and the fishermen plying their trade within sight of the shore. The scene was very unlike those which were most associated with our Lord's presence. He was here surrounded by abundant tokens of vigorous maritime and naval life. Instead of shepherds, sowers, cornfields, scribes, and Pharisees, there were warehouses, docks, ship-building yards, and sailors, amongst which He moved when He departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.

(Harry Jones, M. A.)

Captain Cook found in the South Seas some uninhabited islands, waving with the fruits and flowers peculiar to Europe. No human hand had planted the seeds in that soil. How, then, were they there? A boy in one of our valleys is amusing himself with seeds. A few of them fall from his hand into the tiny stream at his cottage door: they are carried down to the river, which floats them out to sea. They are drifted about for thousands of miles, and at last cast upon the shore of a South Sea island. A bird picks them up, and flies to its nest; but, scared by a hawk, lets them drop. They are covered with the leaves of the forest till spring calls them forth. By and by the wind shakes out the ripe seed, and carries it abroad. Again it falls into the kindly bosom of the earth, and again spring draws it forth. Thus, we may suppose, the deserted island is soon clothed with an European harvest. And thus the seed of God's Word is often scattered, we cannot tell how.

(J. Wells.)

(demoniacal possession): — It is agreed on by all sober interpreters of Scripture that, at this period of the world, God permitted evil spirits to take possession of, and to afflict, individuals to an extent that He did not before and has not since permitted;(1) to show to all the power and malignity of Satan; and(2) to exhibit the compassionate kindness of the Saviour, and His power to relieve those thus oppressed Often may we, in a spiritual sense, see such a thing nowadays — a believing, godly parent, having an unbelieving, ungodly child, whose heart is held and governed by a wicked spirit. Often, when there is life in the parent's soul, there is death in the child's; light in the parent's understanding, but darkness and ignorance in the child's; love in the parent's heart, but hatred and enmity in the child's. What a painful and afflicting sight to a parent's eyes. And the case may be often reversed!

(Bishop Gregg.)

Silence is not refusal. The reasons for Christ's silence at this time were:

1. In order that by exercising her faith He might strengthen and deepen it.

2. That He might manifest it to others, and so give her as an example to those who stood by, as well as to future generations.

3. That He might not offer an additional stumbling-block to the Jews, to whom the calling-in of the Gentiles was an abomination.

(W. Denton.)Not because He was unwilling to speak, but because there are occasions on which silence is more eloquent and stirring to the thought than speech. Not infrequently silence is golden, while speech is "silvern;" and this was one such occasion.

(J. Morison, D. D.)

It was necessary that there should be some limits to our Lord's personal ministry; and it was wise that these limits should be fixed at the circumference of the circle of Israel. To have spread out His ministry farther, during the brief period of His terrestrial career, would simply have been to have thinned out and weakened His influence. What might have been gained extensively would have been lost intensively. It was of primary moment that He should make sure of a foothold, on which He might plant His moral machinery for moving the world. That foothold He did secure in the house of Israel, the household of Israel, the family of Israel; for the whole nation was but a developed family circle.

(J. Morison, D. D.)

To sink under the burden argueth weakness, but it is strength of faith to wrestle through it. We read of Pherecides, a Grecian, in a naval fight between his nation and Xerxes, that he held a boat in which the Persians were fighting, first with his right arm; when that was cut off, with his left; when that was cut off, with his teeth; and would not let go his holdfast but with his life.

(T. Manton.)

Some old writer thus quaintly explains the case. "Christ's love is wise. There is an art in His strange delays, which make us love-sick. We cheapen what is easily got, and under-rate anything that is at our elbow; but delays heighten and raise the market value of Christ's blessings. He wishes to make our faith stronger, and His trials are for the triumph of our faith. He did as we do when we hold toys dangling before our children, that we may make them desire and enjoy them more. He acts as we do with musicians at the door; for when they please us, we do not give them their penny at once, that we may hear their music longer."

(J. Wells.)

, the mother of , prayed that her godless boy might not go to Rome, for she feared that Rome would be his ruin. God did not grant that request, because He had something better in store for her. Augustine went to Rome, and was converted there.

(J. Wells.)

This was the most cutting of all — telling her in plain terms that she had no more right to get what she asked, than the dogs have to get the children's bread; and also intimating very plainly that she was no better than a dog. Still she was not discouraged: even this did not put her off. If she had not possessed great faith, how would she have acted? Just as many at the present day do when they hear a plain sermon (as they call it); when they hear in plain words what the Bible says of human nature; they don't like that; they can't be so very bad as all that; they don't approve of what that preacher says at all, and so they go to some other place where they will hear more palatable language about the kindness of man — his good nature, generosity, noblemindedness, and so forth; but they who are of the truth will not listen to this, for they know it to be a lie, and the children of the truth can take no pleasure in a lie. People think it is very bad to hear themselves called " great sinners; " they think very strangely of a man if he tells them they are poor, wretched, miserable, blind, and naked; but, I suppose, if they heard the term " dog" applied to them as Christ applied it to this woman here, they would be up in arms at once, openly scout at so unwarrantable an affront, and take good care never to go near that preacher again. So did not this woman; she had faith — strong faith; she acknowledges the aptness of the illustration, and humbly accepts Christ's estimate of her as the right one.

(Bishop Gregg.)

There was some reason lying at the base of the designation. The heathens around were, in the mass, exceedingly unclean and ferocious: barking too, incessantly, at the true God and true godliness. But our Lord, in this case, refers not to the wild, fierce, filthy dogs, belonging to nobody, that prowl about Oriental cities; but to little pet dogs, in which children are interested, and with which they play. Most probably there might be one or more of them, within sight, in the company of some children.

(J. Morison, D. D.)

The Syro-Phoenician woman gained comfort in her misery by thinking great thoughts of Christ. The Master had talked about the children's bread. "Now," argued she, "since Thou art the Master of the table of grace, I know that Thou art a generous housekeeper, and there is sure to be abundance of bread on Thy table. There will be such an abundance for the children that there will be crumbs to throw on the floor for the dogs, and the children will fare none the worse because the dogs are fed." She thought Him one who kept so good a table that all she needed would only be a crumb in comparison. Yet remember what she wanted was to have the devil cast out of her daughter. It was a very great thing to her, but she had such a high esteem of Christ, that she said, "It is nothing for him, it is but a crumb for Christ to give." This is the royal road to comfort. Great thoughts of your sin alone will drive you to despair; but great thoughts of Christ will pilot you into the haven of peace.

(C. H. Spurgeon.)

An unbelieving heart may have some flash of spirit and resolution, but it wants free mettle, and will be sure to jade in a long journey. Faith will throw in the net of prayer again and again, as long as God commands and the promise encourageth. The greyhound hunts by sight, and when he cannot see his game he gives over running; but the true hound by scent, he hunts over hedge and ditch; though he sees not the hare, he pursues all the day long. Thus an unbelieving heart may be drawn out upon some visible probabilities and sensible hopes of a coming mercy to pray and exercise a little faith, but when these are out of sight, his heart fails him; but faith keeps the scent of the promise, and gives not over the chase.


In the several precedents of praying saints upon Scripture record you may see how the spirit of prayer ebbed and flowed, fell and rose, as their faith was up and dawn .... This made the woman of Canaan so invincibly importunate; let Christ frown and chide, deny and rebuke her, she yet makes her approaches nearer and nearer, gathering arguments from His very denials, as if a soldier should shoot his enemy's bullets back upon him again; and Christ tells us what kept up her spirit undaunted — "O woman, great is thy faith."


1. When her case was come to such a point, she heard of the Lord Jesus; and what she heard she acted upon. They told her that He was a great Healer of the sick, and able to cast out devils. She was not content with that information, but she set to work at once to try its value.

2. This woman was most desperately resolved. She had made up her mind, I believe, that she would never go back to the place from whence she came till she had received the blessing.

3. I may not leave this picture without observing that this woman triumphantly endured a trial very common among seeking souls. Here is a woman who conquered Christ; let us go by her rule and we will conquer Christ too by His own grace.

I. In the first place, observe that SHE ADMITS THE ACCUSATION BROUGHT AGAINST HER. JESUS called her a dog, and she meekly said, "Truth. Lord." Never play into the devil's hands by excusing sinners in their sins. The woman in this case, if it had been a sound way of getting comfort, would have argued, ".No, Lord, I am not a dog; I may not be all I ought to be, but I am not a dog at any rate; I am a human being. Thou speakest too sharply; good Master, do not be unjust." Instead of that she admits the whole. This showed that she was in a right state of mind, since she admitted in its blackest, heaviest meaning whatever the Saviour might choose to say against her. By night, the glow-worm is bright like a star, and rotten touchwood glistens like molten gold; by the light of day the glow-worm is a miserable insect, and the rotten wood is decay, and nothing more. So with us; until the light comes into us we count ourselves good, but when heaven's light shines our heart is discovered to be rottenness, corruption, and decay. Do not whisper in the mourner's ear that it is not so, and do not delude yourself into the belief that it is not so.

II. But notice, in the second place, SEE ADHERES TO CHRIST NOTWITHSTANDING. Did you notice the force of what she said? "Truth, Lord, yet the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from" — where? "From their Master's table."

III. Furthermore, the woman's great master weapon, the needle gun which she used in her battle, was this, SHE HAD LEARNED THE ART OF GETTING COMFORT OUT OF HER MISERIES. Jesus called her a dog. "Yes," said she, "but then dogs get the crumbs." She could see a silver lining to the black cloud. If I deserved anything there would be the less room for mercy, for something would be due to me as a matter of justice, but as I am a sheer mass of undeservingness, there is room for the Lord to reveal the aboundings of His grace. There is no room for a man to be generous amongst yonder splendid mansions in Belgravia. Suppose a man had thousands of pounds in his pocket, and desired to give it away in charity, he would be terribly hampered amid princely palaces. If he were to knock at the doors of those great houses, and say he wanted an opportunity of being charitable, powdered footmen would slam the door in his face, and tell him to be gone with his impudence. But come along with me; let us wander down the mews, all among the dunghills, and get away into back alleys, where crowds of ragged children are playing amid filth and squalor, where all the people are miserably poor, and where cholera is festering. Now, sir, down with your money-bags; here is plenty of room for your charity; now you may put both your hands into your pocket, and not fear that anybody will refuse you. You may spend your money right and left now with ease and satisfaction. When the God of mercy comes down to distribute mercy, He cannot give it to those who do not want it; but you need forgiveness, for you are full of sin, and you are just the person likely to receive it. "Ah!" saith one, "I am so sick at heart; I cannot believe, I cannot pray." If I saw the doctor's brougham driving along at a great rate through the streets, I should be sure that he was not coming to my house, for I do not require him; but if I had to guess where he was going, I should conclude that he was hastening to some sick or dying person. The Lord Jesus is the Physician of souls. Do try now, thus to find hope in the very hopelessness of thy condition, in whatever aspect that hopelessness may come to thee. The Bible says that thou art dead in sin, conclude then that there is space for Jesus to come, since He is the Resurrection and the Life. Your ruin is your argument for mercy; your poverty is your plea for heavenly alms; and your need is your motive for heavenly goodness. Go as you are, and let your miseries plead for you.

IV. Let me, in the fourth place, notice THE WAY IN WHICH THE WOMAN GAINED COMFORT. SHE THOUGHT GREAT THOUGHTS OF CHRIST. It was a very great thing to her — but she had a high esteem of Christ. She said, "It is nothing to Him — it is but a crumb for Christ to give."

V. And so you see, in the last place, she WON THE VICTORY. She had, first of all, overcome herself. She had conquered in another fight before she wrestled with the Saviour — and that with her own soul.

(C. H. Spurgeon.)


1. It cannot be closed on account of the closed ear and mouth of Christ.

2. Not by the conduct of the disciples.

3. Not by exclusive doctrine which appeared to confine the blessing to a favoured few.

4. Not by a sense of admitted unworthiness.

5. -Not by the darkest and most depressing influences.


1. Faith assents to all the Lord says — "Truth, Lord."

2. It worships.

3. She did not suggest that any alteration should be made for her.


1. She argued from her hopeful position — "I am a dog, but Thou hast come all the way to Sidon, — I am under Thy table."

2. Her next plea was her encouraging relationship — "Master's table."

3. She pleads her association with the children.

4. She pleads the abundance of the provision

5. She looked at things from Christ's point of view.


1. Her faith won a commendation for itself.

2. She gained her desire.This woman is a lesson to all who imagine themselves outside the pale of salvation; an example to all whose efforts after salvation have been apparently repulsed; a lesson to every intercessor.

(C. H. Spurgeon.)

If the jewel was lying in the mire His eye caught its glitter, if there was a choice ear of wheat among the thorns He failed not to perceive it. Faith has a strong attraction for the Lord Jesus; at the sight of it "the king is held in the galleries" and cries "thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck." The Lord Jesus was charmed with the fair jewel of this woman's faith, and watching it and delighting in it He resolved to turn it round and set it in other lights, that the various facets of this priceless diamond might each one flash its brilliance and delight His soul. Therefore He tried her faith by His silence, and by His discouraging replies that He might see its strength; but He was all the while delighting in it, and secretly sustaining it, and when He had sufficiently tried it, He brought it forth as gold, and set His own royal mark upon it in these memorable words, "O woman, great is thy faith; be it unto thee even as thou wilt."

(C. H. Spurgeon)

1. Sincerity.

2. Humility.

3. Importunity.

4. Faith.

(J. B. Jeter, D. D.)

1. It was exercised by a woman.

2. It was a mother's faith.

3. It had an aim.

4. It disregarded apparent partiality.

5. It was not discouraged by apparent delay.

6. It was devoid of selfishness.

7. It gathered strength from its exercise.

8. It won.

(B. J. Hoadley).

Thee parts of the miracle are —




IV. The miracle itself, wrought by the woman's faith: in which we have —

1. Christ's heightening of her faith.

2. The granting of her desire.

3. The measure of Christ's bounty — "As thou wilt."

4. The healing of her daughter.

(S. Rutherford.)

1. Christ's love is liberal, but yet it must be sued.

2. Christ's love is wise. He holdeth us knocking till our desire be love-sick for Him.

3. His love must not only lead the heart, but also draw. Violence in love is most taking.

Christ doth but draw aside a lap of the curtain of separation, and look through to one believing heathen: the King openeth one little window, and holdeth out His face, in one glimpse, to the woman of Canaan.

(S. Rutherford.)

Christ, then, can make and frame a fair heaven out of an ugly hell and out of the knottiest timber He can make vessels of mercy, for service in the high palace of glory.

(S. Rutherford.)

Also, the prayers of the saints in prosperity are but summer prayers, slow, lazy, and alas! too formal. In trouble, they rain out prayers, or cast them out in co-natural violence, as a fountain doth cast out waters.

(S. Rutherford.)

Canaanitish, David, Isaiah, Jesus, Peter
Genneseret, Jerusalem, Magadan, Sea of Galilee, Sidon, Tyre
Afflicted, Behold, Borders, Canaan, Canaanite, Canaanitess, Canaanitish, Coasts, Cried, Cruelly, Cry, Crying, Daughter, David, Deal, Demon, Demonized, Demon-possessed, Demon-possession, Devil, District, Forth, Greatly, Grievously, Harassed, Kindly, Mercy, Miserably, O, Persistently, Pity, Possessed, Region, Saying, Severely, Sir, Spirit, Suffering, Terribly, Territories, Troubled, Unclean, Vexed, Vicinity
1. Jesus reproves the Scribes and Pharisees
7. for transgressing God's commandments through their own traditions;
10. teaches how that which goes into the mouth does not defile a man.
21. He heals the daughter of the woman of Canaan,
29. and other great multitudes;
32. and with seven loaves and a few small fish feeds four thousand men

Dictionary of Bible Themes
Matthew 15:22

     2027   Christ, grace and mercy
     2206   Jesus, the Christ
     2215   Christ, Son of David
     2312   Christ, as king
     2369   Christ, responses to
     4132   demons, malevolence
     4133   demons, possession by
     4195   spirits
     5089   David, significance
     5230   beggars
     5568   suffering, causes
     5738   sons
     6689   mercy, of Christ
     8300   love, and the world
     8428   example

Matthew 15:21-28

     2042   Christ, justice of
     7135   Israel, people of God

Matthew 15:21-29

     5888   inferiority

Matthew 15:22-28

     4134   demons, exorcism
     5285   cures
     5882   impartiality
     8653   importunity, to God
     8832   testing

Mother's Love
Eversley, Second Sunday in Lent, 1872. St Matthew xv. 22-28. "And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying,
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons

Crumbs and the Bread
'Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. 22. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto Him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. 23. But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and besought Him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. 24. But He answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 25. Then came she and worshipped
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

On the Words of the Gospel, Matt. xv. 21,"Jesus Went Out Thence, and Withdrew into the Parts of Tyre and Sidon. And Behold, a Canaanitish Woman,"
1. This woman of Canaan, who has just now been brought before us in the lesson of the Gospel, shows us an example of humility, and the way of godliness; shows us how to rise from humility unto exaltation. Now she was, as it appears, not of the people of Israel, of whom came the Patriarchs, and Prophets, and the parents of the Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh; of whom the Virgin Mary herself was, who was the Mother of Christ. This woman then was not of this people; but of the Gentiles. For,
Saint Augustine—sermons on selected lessons of the new testament

The Perseverance of Faith
"Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour."--Matthew 15:28. I HAVE frequently spoken to you concerning the faith of this Canaanitish woman, of the way in which Christ tried it, and of the manner in which, at length, he honoured it, and granted all that the suppliant sought. The story is so full of meaning, that one might turn it this way, and that way, and the other way, and always see
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 38: 1892

Genesis xxvii. 38
And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? Bless me, even me also, O my father. MATTHEW xv. 27. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their master's table. Of these two passages, the first, as we must all remember, is taken from the first lesson of this morning's service; the second is from the morning's gospel. Both speak the same language, and point out, I think, that particular view of the story of Jacob obtaining the blessing
Thomas Arnold—The Christian Life

Sermon for the Second Sunday in Lent
(From the Gospel for the day) Tells us how God drives forward some of His children by the struggle between the inward and outward man. Matt. xv. 21-28.--"Jesus went thence and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto Him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and besought Him, saying, Send her away, for she
Susannah Winkworth—The History and Life of the Reverend Doctor John Tauler

How to Make Use of Christ for Cleansing of us from Our Daily Spots.
Having spoken of the way of making use of Christ for removing the guilt of our daily transgressions, we come to speak of the way of making use of Christ, for taking away the guilt that cleaveth to the soul, through daily transgressions; "for every sin defileth the man," Matt. xv. 20; and the best are said to have their spots, and to need washing, which presupposeth filthiness and defilement, Eph. v. 27. John xiii. 8-10. Hence we are so oft called to this duty of washing and making us clean. Isa.
John Brown (of Wamphray)—Christ The Way, The Truth, and The Life

Second Withdrawal from Herod's Territory.
^A Matt. XV. 21; ^B Mark VII. 24. ^b 24 And from thence ^a Jesus ^b arose, and went ^a out ^b away ^a and withdrew into the parts { ^b borders} of Tyre and Sidon. [The journey here is indicated in marked terms because it differs from any previously recorded, for it was the first time that Jesus ever entered a foreign or heathen country. Some commentators contend from the use of the word "borders" by Mark that Jesus did not cross over the boundary, but the point is not well taken, for Mark vii. 31
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

Another Avoiding of Herod's Territory.
^A Matt. XV. 29; ^B Mark VII. 31. ^b 31 And ^a Jesus ^b again went out. ^a And departed thence, ^b from the borders of Tyre, and came through Sidon, ^a and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; ^b through the midst of the borders of Decapolis. ^a and he went up into a mountain, and sat down there. [From Tyre Jesus proceeded northward to Sidon and thence eastward across the mountains and the headwaters of the Jordan to the neighborhood of Damascus. Here he turned southward and approached the Sea of Galilee
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

Jesus Fails to Attend the Third Passover.
Scribes Reproach Him for Disregarding Tradition. (Galilee, Probably Capernaum, Spring a.d. 29.) ^A Matt. XV. 1-20; ^B Mark VII. 1-23; ^D John VII. 1. ^d 1 And after these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Judæa, because the Jews sought to kill him. [John told us in his last chapter that the passover was near at hand. He here makes a general statement which shows that Jesus did not attend this passover. The reason for his absence is given at John v. 18.] ^a 1 Then there
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

Healing a Phoenician Woman's Daughter.
(Region of Tyre and Sidon.) ^A Matt. XV. 22-28; ^B Mark VII. 24-30. ^b And he entered into a house, and would have no man know it [Jesus sought concealment for the purposes noted in the last section. He also, no doubt, desired an opportunity to impact private instruction to the twelve]; and he could not be hid. [The fame of Jesus had spread far and wide, and he and his disciples were too well known to escape the notice of any who had seen them or heard them described.] 25 But { ^a 22 And} behold,
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

The Deaf Stammerer Healed and Four Thousand Fed.
^A Matt. XV. 30-39; ^B Mark VII. 32-VIII. 9. ^b 32 And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech [The man had evidently learned to speak before he lost his hearing. Some think that defective hearing had caused the impediment in his speech, but verse 35 suggests that he was tongue-tied]; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him. 33 And he took him aside from the multitude privately, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat, and touched his tongue [He separated
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

Third Withdrawal from Herod's Territory.
Subdivision A. Pharisaic Leaven. A Blind Man Healed. (Magadan and Bethsaida. Probably Summer, a.d. 29.) ^A Matt. XV. 39-XVI. 12; ^B Mark VIII. 10-26. ^b 10 And straightway he entered into the boat with his disciples, ^a and came into the borders of Magadan. ^b into the parts of Dalmanutha. [It appears from the context that he crossed the lake to the west shore. Commentators, therefore, pretty generally think that Magadan is another form of the name Magdala, and that Dalmanutha was either another
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

The Cavils of the Pharisees Concerning Purification, and the Teaching of the Lord Concerning Purity - the Traditions Concerning Hand-Washing' and Vows. '
As we follow the narrative, confirmatory evidence of what had preceded springs up at almost every step. It is quite in accordance with the abrupt departure of Jesus from Capernaum, and its motives, that when, so far from finding rest and privacy at Bethsaida (east of the Jordan), a greater multitude than ever had there gathered around Him, which would fain have proclaimed Him King, He resolved on immediate return to the western shore, with the view of seeking a quieter retreat, even though it were
Alfred Edersheim—The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

Jesus and the Syro-Phoenician Woman
THE purpose of Christ to withdraw His disciples from the excitement of Galilee, and from what might follow the execution of the Baptist, had been interrupted by the events at Bethsaida-Julias, but it was not changed. On the contrary, it must have been intensified. That wild, popular outburst, which had almost forced upon Him a Jewish Messiah-Kingship; the discussion with the Jerusalem Scribes about the washing of hands on the following day; the Discourses of the Sabbath, and the spreading disaffection,
Alfred Edersheim—The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

A Group of Miracles among a Semi-Heathen Population
If even the brief stay of Jesus in that friendly Jewish home by the borders of Tyre could not remain unknown, the fame of the healing of the Syro-Phoenician maiden would soon have rendered impossible that privacy and retirement, which had been the chief object of His leaving Capernaum. Accordingly, when the two Paschal days were ended, He resumed His journey, extending it far beyond any previously undertaken, perhaps beyond what had been originally intended. The borders of Palestine proper, though
Alfred Edersheim—The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

The Feeding of the Four Thousand - to Dalmanutha - the Sign from Heaven' - Journey to Cæsarea Philippi - what is the Leaven of The
THEY might well gather to Jesus in their thousands, with their wants of body and soul, these sheep wandering without a shepherd; for His Ministry in that district, as formerly in Galilee, was about to draw to a close. And here it is remarkable, that each time His prolonged stay and Ministry in a district were brought to a close with some supper, so to speak, some festive entertainment on his part. The Galilean Ministry had closed with the feeding of the five thousand, the guests being mostly from
Alfred Edersheim—The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

Intercourse of Jesus with the Pagans and the Samaritans.
Following out these principles, Jesus despised all religion which was not of the heart. The vain practices of the devotees,[1] the exterior strictness, which trusted to formality for salvation, had in him a mortal enemy. He cared little for fasting.[2] He preferred forgiveness to sacrifice.[3] The love of God, charity and mutual forgiveness, were his whole law.[4] Nothing could be less priestly. The priest, by his office, ever advocates public sacrifice, of which he is the appointed minister; he
Ernest Renan—The Life of Jesus

To the High and Mighty Prince Charles, Prince of Wales.
Tolle malos, extolle pios, cognosce teipsum: Sacra tene, paci consule, disce pati. Christ Jesus, the Prince of princes, bless your Highness with length of days, and an increase of all graces, which may make you truly prosperous in this life, and eternally happy in that which is to come. Jonathan shot three arrows to drive David further off from Saul's fury; and this is the third epistle which I have written, to draw your Highness nearer to God's favour, by directing your heart to begin, like Josiah,
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety

Introductory Note.
[a.d. 145-220.] When our Lord repulsed the woman of Canaan (Matt. xv. 22) with apparent harshness, he applied to her people the epithet dogs, with which the children of Israel had thought it piety to reproach them. When He accepted her faith and caused it to be recorded for our learning, He did something more: He reversed the curse of the Canaanite and showed that the Church was designed "for all people;" Catholic alike for all time and for all sorts and conditions of men. Thus the North-African

Manifestly Also in the Gospel we Find the Mouth of the Heart...
32. Manifestly also in the Gospel we find the mouth of the heart: so that in one place the Lord is found to have mentioned the mouth both of the body and of the heart, where he saith, "Are ye also yet without understanding? Do ye not yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth, goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? but those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart, and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders,
St. Augustine—On Lying

Prayers on Pilgrimage. --"Lord Help Me. " --Matt. xv. 25
Prayers on Pilgrimage.--"Lord help me."--Matt. xv. 25. II. Blessed be Thy name, Jesus Christ!--the same Yesterday, to-day, for ever, What from Thee my soul shall sever, While I hear Thy voice, And in Thee rejoice? Guide me with Thine eye; Warn to fight or fly, When the foe, a lion raging, Or, with serpent guile assuaging, Comes in wrath to tear, Or by fraud ensnare. Hold me with Thine hand, For by faith I stand; On Thy strength my sole reliance, In Thy truth my whole affiance; Then where'er I
James Montgomery—Sacred Poems and Hymns

Luther's Fourth Preface
To Valentine Bapst's Hymn-book, Leipzig, 1545. The xcvi Psalm saith: "Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth." The service of God in the old dispensation, under the law of Moses, was hard and wearisome. Many and divers sacrifices had men to offer, of all that they possessed, both in house and in field, which the people, being idle and covetous, did grudgingly or for some temporal advantage; as the prophet Malachi saith, chap. i., "who is there even among you that would shut
Leonard Woolsey Bacon—The Hymns of Martin Luther

The Woman of Canaan
Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying,
Richard Newton—The Life of Jesus Christ for the Young

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