Main Matthew 15:21-28
And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 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.” 23 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.” 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26 And he answered, “It is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs.” 27 She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table.” 28 Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
What comes out when the pressure is on?
Matthew 15:21 - Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
Matthew 15:22 - A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession.”
You may feel pressure when...
1. God is Silent
In Matthew 15:23, Jesus did not answer a word.
2. God’s People Let You Down
Matthew 15:23 - So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”
3. God Says “No”
Matthew 15:24 - He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
Matthew 15:25 - The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.
4. You Are Treated Like A Dog
Matthew 15:26 - He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” Matthew 15:27 - “Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”
Great pressure leads to great faith
Matthew 15:28 - Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
This week, as you reflect on the message, think of friends, co-workers, neighbors, family etc., that you could meet with to have a time of mutual sharing and fellowship as you open God’s Word together.
Read: Matthew 15:21-28
What shocks you about this story? Why?
What did Jesus mean when he communicated that he was sent to the “lost sheep of the house of Israel”?
Examine this woman’s posture before Jesus. How was her posture and dependence on Jesus something we should seek to emulate in our lives?
Why did Jesus commend her faith?
Describe a time when you cried out to God for help. What thoughts did you have in your minds and what emotions did you feel in this moment? Describe your desperation.
What causes us to be desperate in our lives?
How is our faith shone in our moments of sheer desperation?
How is the woman in this story preaching the Gospel to you even now (two thousand years later)? And what are you holding back from bringing to God because you think you can handle it or you’ve got it under control? End your time repenting of your trust in yourself and confess your full dependence on the goodness and mercy of God through Jesus.