This past weekend at Eastbrook, Pastor Ruth Carver continued our preaching series, “Who Do You Say I Am?”, by exploring the story of Jesus and the Canaanite Woman in Matthew 15:21-28. This is both a fascinating and challenging text, which at face value may seem like Jesus is hard and ethnocentric, but actually brings a special look into God’s sovereign plan of salvation and the nature of faith.
Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment. (Matthew 15:28)
• A Canaanite woman asks Jesus to heal her daughter.
• Jesus is off duty, needing rest.
• Woman is a representative of Israel’s enemy; she is “other”.
• Jesus is silent.
• Jesus educates his disciples.
• Jesus tests the woman.
• The woman demonstrates her faith and perception.
• Jesus heals the woman’s daughter.
• The woman gets a preview of God’s offer of salvation to the Gentiles.
• The disciples become prepared for the Great Commission.
Have Great Faith like the Canaanite Woman!
• Great faith is bold.
• Great faith involves our emotions.
• Great faith is persistent.
• Great faith is humble.
• Great faith involves our minds.
Take one day to reflect on each of the five aspects of the Canaanite woman’s “great faith” this next week. Let the Holy Spirit show you how your faith can grow in these areas.
Day 1: Great faith is bold. (Eph 3:12, Heb 4:16)
Day 2: Great faith involves our emotions. (Psalm 6:6, Luke 7:44-48)
Day 3: Great faith is persistent. (Luke 18:1-8, Hebrews 12:1-3)
Day 4: Great faith is humble. (Isaiah 66:1-2, James 4:10)
Day 5: Great faith involves our minds. (Romans 1:20, 1 Cor 14:15, 2 Cor 10:3-5)