Summary: This mother properly demonstrates how we should approach Jesus: Acknowledging Him as Christ. Humble acceptance of Him as Lord. Knowing our need of His mercy. Worshipfully asking for His help.
A Mother With Great Faith
Text: Matthew 15:21-28
As today is the second Sunday in May, and we live in the United States, it means that today is Mother’s Day. Now the apostrophe in Mother’s Day is intentionally placed to note the singular possessive. In 1912, Ana M. Jarvis (who is generally credited with creating our modern observance honoring Mothers) trademarked the phrases "second Sunday in May" and "Mother's Day", and created the Mother's Day International Association.
"She was specific about the location of the apostrophe; it was to be a singular possessive, for each family to honor their mother, not a plural possessive commemorating all mothers in the world."
This is also the spelling used in 1914 by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in the law making official the holiday in the U.S., by the U.S. Congress on bills, and by other U.S. presidents on their declarations.
Now there are a number of admirable mothers within the scriptures on which we may preached, and on whom I have preached. There is Eve, the first mother; Sarah the wife of Abraham and mother of the covenant; Jochebed the wife of Amram whose children, Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, would lead the children of God out of Egyptian bondage; or Mary, the mother of Jesus, who would lead the world out of the bondage of sin.
All of these mothers are worthy of our study but this morning we are going to spend time on a mother whose name we do not even know but a mother who was declared by Jesus Himself to be of great faith. Read Matthew 15:21-28
I. The Setting
A.How she came to find Jesus.
1.It is recorded at the end of Matthew 14 that Jesus was at Gennesaret on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, healing the people of the region
As Matthew chapter 15 begins the Pharisees and Scribes show up and start pestering Jesus with questions critical of His disciples so He moves toward the shore of the Mediterranean sea some 30 to 60 miles away (the region of Tyre and Sidon.)
1.She was a Canaanite (Greek and Syro-phoenician, Mark 7:26) a Gentile, and a woman.
She was also a mother.
a.Her daughter is afflicted with a demon.
She is in desperate need of help.
2.She seeks out Jesus
a.Who was not far away from her.
II. The Scene
A.She finds and entreats Jesus.
1.She does not make a demand, she pleads for mercy.
a.Mercy is sought by the subordinate from the superior. (She calls Him “Lord.”)
She comes in humility and respect.
2.She identifies Jesus by a Messianic title: Son of David
a.We don’t know how she knew of Jesus.
She must have heard the stories, how Jesus healed even the servant of the Centurion at Capernaum. (Matthew 8:5-13.)
She acknowledges Jesus in a way that many of His own people did not. (Pharisees, Matthew 14)
B.The dialog of Jesus and the Disciples
1.Jesus does not answer her direct entreaty.
a.That can happen whenever we petition our Lord, sometimes He knows it best not to answer right away.
But she does not give in or give up.
2.The Disciples ask Jesus to v23 “send her away because she keeps shouting at us.”