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The Syrophenician Woman.

The Syrophenician Woman.

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BY DR. McCOSH.

Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre
and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the
same coasts, and cried unto him, saying. Have mercy on roe, O
Lord, thou son of David ; my daughter is grievously vexed with
a devil. And he answered her not a word. And his disciples
came and besought him, saying, Send her away ; for she crieth
after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto
the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and wor.
shipped him, saying. Lord, help me. But he answered and said,
It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.
And she said, Truth, Lord : yet the dogs eat of the crumbs
which £dl from their masters' table. Then Jesus answered and
said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith : be it unto thee even
as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very
hour. — Matt. xv. 21-28.
BY DR. McCOSH.

Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre
and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the
same coasts, and cried unto him, saying. Have mercy on roe, O
Lord, thou son of David ; my daughter is grievously vexed with
a devil. And he answered her not a word. And his disciples
came and besought him, saying, Send her away ; for she crieth
after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto
the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and wor.
shipped him, saying. Lord, help me. But he answered and said,
It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.
And she said, Truth, Lord : yet the dogs eat of the crumbs
which £dl from their masters' table. Then Jesus answered and
said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith : be it unto thee even
as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very
hour. — Matt. xv. 21-28.

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THE SYROPHENICIAN WOMAN. BY DR. McCOSH. Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying. Have mercy on roe, O Lord, thou son of David ; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. And he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away ; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and wor. shipped him, saying. Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord : yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which £dl from their masters' table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith : be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour. — Matt. xv. 21-28. TN studying the life of our Lord we may derive ^ much instruction from his manner of acting, as well as from his conversations and more systematic discourses. In saying so, I do not refer to the ex-ample he has set us that we should follow his steps, so much as to the divine skill and tact, knowledge and love, shown in every minute incident of his life.
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By noticing the special manner of his conduct in particular circumstances we may obtain a greater acquaintance with the combined wisdom and tender-ness of Jesus, and a deeper insight into the workings 6 82 GOSPEL SERMONS. of the human heart Every act of his life and its special mode of performance is worthy of him who under the influence of love came from heaven to instruct us. Every word is precious; to adopt the image employed by the woman of Canaan, every crumb that falls from this master's table may feed us. We shall find abundant illustration of this as we proceed to the consideration of our Lord's interview with the woman of Canaan. z'. 21. " Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon." It is not for us to presume to point out all the reasons which induced Jesus to retire at this time beyond the Jewish terri-tory. He may have wished to retreat for a season
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from the gaze of the inhabitants of Judea and Galilee, from the idle admiration of some and the enmity of others, and to give them space to reflect on the sublime doctrine they had heard and the wonders they had seen. But whatever other considerations may have weighed with him, we can conceive that he had it specially in view, in passing this once be-yond the Jewish territory, to show that the benefits to be derived from his mission were not to be con-fined to the children of Abraham, but to be extended to the nations of the earth. He now passes beyond the limits of Judea and extends his blessings to a person of a diflerent race; and all to prepare the way for the full manifestation of that gospel which is to be preached to every creature. V. 22. '' And behold a woman of Canaan came out THE SYROPHENICIAN WOMAN. 83 of the same coasts, and cried unto him.'' These may seem at the first look to be contradictory state-ments as to the race and nation of this woman ; but they can easily be reconciled. This woman is said, in
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