“And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.” But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, “Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.” But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” But she said, “Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Matthew 15:22-27
I had always been uncomfortable with this passage, but the reading today in MacArthur’s commentary illuminated a wonderful meaning I had not seen before.
“The woman’s faith was not great because it was stronger or more sincere or mature than the faith of many Jews who believed in Christ but because it was based on so little light.
Therefore, because she believed so much relative to so little revelation, Jesus called her faith great. And from her story we can propose five general qualities that mark all great faith: It is repentant, properly directed, reverent, persistent, and humble.” John MacArthur
I am looking forward to tomorrow as I begin reading through the expansion of each of the five qualities of great faith.
what we know not, teach us;
what we have not, give us;
what we are not, make us.
For Your Son’s sake.