Matthew 15:21-28 How much faith?

Big Question: How much faith will save me?

I.  “Into the District of Tyre and Sidon” 21

21 And Jesus went away from there, and withdrew into the district of Tyre and Sidon.

A.  Why Jesus withdrew: to escape His enemies and the crowds.

B.  Where Jesus withdrew to: …into the district of Tyre and Sidon.

II.  A woman was crying out for help for her daughter.  22

22 And behold, a Canaanite woman came out from that region, and began to cry out, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demonpossessed.”

A.  The Woman 22a

1.  She was a Canaanite

2.  She was a woman

3.  She was loudly, continuously crying out, “Have mercy, Son of        David!”

B.  The daughter: cruelly tortured by demons 22b

III.  She was met with Silence, Indifference, and a Theological Roadblock 23-24

23 But He did not answer her a word.  And His disciples came to Him and kept asking Him, saying, “Send her away, for she is shouting out after us.” 24 But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

A.  The silence: Jesus didn’t answer her. 23a

B.  The Indifference: The disciples were annoyed by her. 23b

C.  The Theological Roadblock: Jesus stated that He wasn’t sent to minister to non-Jews! 24

1.  The Messiah must first be offered to God’s people Israel.

  • Mat 10  5 These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them, saying, “Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; 6 but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 “And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’

2.  An obedient nation of Israel will draw the nations to God.

  • Isaiah 62:1 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not keep quiet, Until her righteousness goes forth like brightness, And her salvation like a torch that is burning. 2 And the nations will see your righteousness, And all kings your glory; And you will be called by a new name, Which the mouth of the LORD will designate.

3.  But…Israel was in the process of REJECTING her Messiah!

IV.  The mother refused to give up 25-27

25 But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”  26 And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”  27 But she said, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their master’s table.”

A.  She bowed low and begged for help 25

B.  She believed there must be room for Non-Jews to be blessed by the Jewish King 25-27

V.  Jesus did as she wished—her daughter was healed at once 28

28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; be it done for you as you wish.”  And her daughter was healed at once.

 

Conclusion: What can disciples of Jesus, and seekers of Jesus learn from this story?

For followers of Jesus…

  1. Opportunities to care about other people will often seem very inconvenient.
  2. If you don’t care about the pains, heartaches, and troubles that people are carrying, you simply will have nothing to say to them.
  3. The present time is a time of welcoming all people to Jesus, not keeping them from Him.

For those who seek the salvation Jesus offers…

You are not saved by having a great amount of faith, but by having ANY amount of faith that is in the right Person—Jesus!

Our Big Question today is, “How much faith does it take to save a person?”

The Answer is this: It is not a matter of the amount of your faith that saves you, but Who your faith is placed in.  Any faith in Jesus—saves!

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