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The Syro-phonecian Woman.

The Syro-phonecian Woman.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV HENRY KOLLOCK, D. D.


Mat. xv. 28.

Then Jesus answered and said unto her, woman, great
is thy faith : be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her
daughter was made whole from that very hour.
BY REV HENRY KOLLOCK, D. D.


Mat. xv. 28.

Then Jesus answered and said unto her, woman, great
is thy faith : be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her
daughter was made whole from that very hour.

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THE SYRO-PHOECIA WOMA.BY REV HERY KOLLOCK, D. D.Mat. xv. 28.Then Jesus answered and said unto her, woman, greatis thy faith : be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And herdaughter was made whole from that very hour.Jesus came to break down the separating wallbetween Jew and Gentile ; to offer an atonement suf-ficient for the sins of the world ; and to announce asystem of religion suited to every people and to eve-ry land. Though his personal ministry was devotedto the Jews, to whom he had been promised, inwhose prophetical writings his character, his office,the time of his advent, had been foretold ; who, asthey had been the depositary of that great truth, theunity of the Godhead, amidst the general idolatry of the nations, had also been pointed out as the sourcewhence the fuller and more attractive revelations of God by the Messiah should be diffused through theworld. Yet, like the ancient prophets, he had oftenforetold the vocation of the Gentiles ; had declaredthat " many should come from the east and the west,302 SERMO Lir,and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, in theKingdom of God." As his ministry upon earth washastening to a conclusion, he gave an emblem, a pre-lude of this calling of the Gentiles, in the blessingswhich he bestowed upon the Canaanitish woman.He consecrated her as part of the first fruits of thisvocation. He taught his disciples, by his mercy toher, the blessings that his salvation would communi-
 
cate to the perishing. On this account, as well asfrom the more direct instructions which it conveys,her history deserves our serious attention.The blessed Redeemer had departed, for a shorttime, from Galilee, and came to the northern bordersof Palestine, in the vicinity of Tyre and Sidon. Itwas a tract of country inhabited partly by Jews, andpartly by the descendants of those Canaanites whowere not entirely expelled when the Israelites took possession of the land. The female in our text wasone of these last, one of that nation lying under thecurse, and not enjoying the privileges of the cove-nant. She is called by Mark a Syro- Phoenician, a namegiven to the Canaanites who resided in Syria, to dis-tinguish them from those who dwelt in Africa, and.were termed Lybo-Phcenicians, or Carthaginians. Butthere were some of this nation, odious for its crimes,who repented, were converted, and became wor-shippers of the true God, such as Rahab and others.This, however, was not the case with the womanwhose history we are considering. She was, saysthe Evangelist, " a Greek," a word which, in theew Testament, is often used as synonymous withidolater. The reason is well assigned by BishopHorsley ; " Because idolatry, in its worst form, theworship of the images of dead men prevailed moreamong the Greeks than the nations of the east; suchLIFE OF CHRIST. 303idolaters, of whatever country they might be, were,by the Jews of the apostolic age, called Greeks; just as among us, any one who lives in the commu-nion of the Roman Church, though he be a French-man, or a Spaniard, is called a Roman Catholic."Such was the character of this woman. She was
 
probably a widow, and had an only daughter, towhom she w r as tenderly attached, and who was"grievously vexed by a devil." This deplorablestate, against which all human resources were impo-tent, was announced according to the frequent re-presentations of the scriptures, by extraordinarysymptoms, and by frightful convulsions. Thosewhom these spirits tormented, afflicted in body andin mind, were a prey to violent assaults of rage andphrenzy. Sometimes they wandered in deserts, orretired to remote sepulchres. Sometimes, in orderto restrain their fury, it was necessary to bind themin chains. 1 have remarked to you, in the course of these lectures, that it was consistent with the wisdomof God to permit Satan, during the residence of theSaviour upon earth, to exercise a greater dominionover the bodies of men than he has since been allow-ed to exercise ; that by his forcible expulsion the su-perior authority of the Son of God might be mani-fested. This proud and malignant enemy to humanhappiness and holiness, knowing that the time of his defeat, by the sacrifice of Jesus, was rapidly ad-vancing, redoubles his rage, and makes his most fu-rious assaults. As at the end of the world, he shall,by divine permission, come from his prison in greatwrath, and with all his power, that the last act of God's justice upon him, may be the more striking, be-cause the malice and fury of Satan had been unre-strained ; so when Jesus " came to destroy the work*401 SERMO LIT.of the devil," this apostate spirit was permitted toput forth all his strength, that his impotence andweakness, when opposed to the Redeemer, mightmore clearly be displayed.Doubtless this inconsolable mother, whose daugh-

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