Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
22 And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying,
Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely
23 But He answered her not a word.
And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, Send her away, for she cries out after
24 But He answered and said, I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of
25 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, Lord, help me!
26 But He answered and said, It is not good to take the childrens bread and
throw it to the little dogs.
27 And she said, Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from
their masters table.
28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to
you as you desire. And her daughter was healed from that very hour. (Matthew
1) We read here when Jesus was in that region, "behold a
Canaanite woman came to Him". God wants us to take note.
The Canaanites practised fortune telling, sacrificed their
children as burnt offerings to their gods etc. They sinned exceedingly in the sight of
God. God warned His people not to do like the Canaanites or mingle with them. God wanted
His people to be holy and separated unto Him.
It was one of these Canaanite woman who came to Jesus, saying,
"Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me. My daughter is terribly vexed by an evil
People who dabble in the occult are under a curse and afflicted by
evil spirits. It's amazing how this woman escaped from that curse and came to Jesus.
Wise is the person who comes to Jesus even though he grew up in a
2) She came to the Lord Jesus crying for mercy, "Have mercy
on me, O Lord, thou Son of David".
When a person calls the Lord Jesus the Son of David it implies he
acknowledges Jesus as the Messiah.
The Lord must have rejoiced when He heard her crying for help, but
He did not answer her a word and went on His way. Eventually the disciples urged the Lord
to send her away.
How would you have reacted after being treated in this way?
To make it worse, when Jesus eventually spoke, He said to her that
He wasn't sent for her, but only for the lost sheep of Israel.
If Jesus would say this to you how would you react? Would you
become totally despondent and depressed, feeling sorry for yourself that even heaven
But this woman humbled herself even further, knelt before Him and
begged for help.
Still Jesus rebuked her for asking what didn't belong to her,
saying, "It is not meet to take the childrens bread, and to cast it to
She humbled herself still further, asking only for the crumbs
falling from the table.
This woman had one goal to meet with Jesus and nothing would
distract her from her goal.
If you do not have the same goal as this woman you will fall by
the wayside. You might last for awhile but will eventually go astray.
In stead of getting upset and going away deeply offended, she goes
deeper and deeper until she received what she came for. All her disappointment only drew
her closer to the Lord.
How do you compare to this Canaanite woman?
Maybe you claim to come to meet with the Lord Jesus but the first
disappointment puts you off and you go away offended and disappointed and even go and
Have you ever come to the realisation that you're only a dog? Have
you realised that you're not worthy of God's grace?
She acknowledged that she wasn't worthy of God's grace, but she received mercy.
3) The Lord loved her from the outset.
As she persevered the Lord said to her, "O woman, great is
thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt".
The Lord dealt with her in a deeper and a deeper way until He
obtained His goal in her life.
So too if you pray and the Lord doesn't answer your prayer maybe
it's because there is something the Lord is aiming at in your life.
4) The Lord said to the woman, "I am not sent but unto the
lost sheep of the house of Israel".
Who was Israel? He was the grandson of Abraham and the son of
Isaac and in line for the blessing God promised to Abraham and Isaac. Israel also wrestled
with man and God and overcame.
Even though the Israelites had such a wonderful heritage, it
didn't help them. They were still lost, but they didn't realise it. Jesus was sent to the
"lost sheep of the house of Israel".
Unless you realise your lost estate, despite your heritage, you're