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Dec 05, 2021

The Great Faith of the Canaanite Woman

The Great Faith of the Canaanite Woman

Passage: Matthew 15:21-28

Speaker: Pastor Stephen Palm

Series: Matthew: The King and His Kingdom

Category: Expository Book Study

After Jesus’ encounter with the Pharisees, he retreats into the region of Tyre and Sidon right next to the Mediterranean Sea. It is here that he encounters a Canaanite woman that has a demon possessed daughter who is in need of deliverance. Being a Gentile and woman with no husband most would have considered her a second-class citizen because she does not belong to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. However, her faith is greater than any of the nation’s religious leaders for she addresses Jesus as Lord and Son of David recognizing him as the promised Messiah. Her plea for help draws what we would consider a derogatory response from Christ, but he is wanting her to see that she, like anyone else, is not worthy of the mercy of Christ no matter where they hail from. Acknowledging that she is lost before him, he rewards her faith by healing her daughter. For the first time we see foreshadowing of the gospel coming to the gentiles that will later give birth to the church.