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