THEMATIC BACKGROUND from: Crumbs From The Table
KEY VERSES: Matthew 15:21-28
(NRSV) Jesus left that place and went away to the
district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite
woman from that region came out and started shouting,
"Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is
tormented by a demon." But he did not answer her at
all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, "Send
her away, for she keeps shouting after us." He
answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house
of Israel." But she came and knelt before him,
saying, "Lord, help me." He answered, "It is not fair
to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs."
She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the
crumbs that fall from their masters' table." Then
Jesus answered her, "Woman, great is your faith! Let it be
done for you as you wish." And her daughter was healed
KEY VERSE: Matthew 15:27
(NRSV) “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that
fall from their masters’ table.”
PROMISE: Even though we feel disqualified, that we do
not belong, Jesus extends mercy, healing and deliverance to
those with audacious faith.
RESPONSE: The challenge is not to disqualify ourselves
from God’s mercy, healing and deliverance but to seize hold
of heaven with audacious faith.
Is there anything that you need so desperately from God that you
will knock and keep on knocking until you get the assurance that
heaven has heard your prayer?
This lady is a challenge to our spiritual laziness and lack of
passion. She was passionate. She was persistent. She seized
the initiative and broke down every barrier. She stayed focused
on her main objective. She stayed in pursuit of her objective
until the promise was given.
Is there something that you are praying about? You would like
the inner assurance that God hears. You want the promise
confirmed, but you have not been passionate and persistent in
the pursuit of God’s promise.
Take a moment to ask yourself: Am I rally passionate about this?
Am I willing to persist until God confirms His promise in my
heart? Am I going to overcome and overlook every thought that
tries to disqualify me? Am I going to hang in there until I hear
In our time of silence challenge yourself with this lady's faith.
copyright - George Hartwell, 2002, 2005
page - Rev. Richard J. Fairchild 2002 - 2005
please acknowledge the appropriate author if citing these sermons.