Then Jesus went there, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.…
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.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.