Second Sunday in Lent (1891)
Matthew 15:21-28The Savior says, "Whoever comes to Me I will not cast out."
This He hasproved in the days of his flesh to countless people who sought help in their troublesfrom Him. This He has also proved to the Canaanite woman in our Gospel today,which he finally promised the answer to her request. Nevertheless, the conduct of the LORD towards this woman is one which seems strange at first sight.
Christ's wonderful conduct towards the Canaanite woman;
wherein this conduct was wonderful
, namely the fact,a. that He, the friendly Lord, who usually heard the cries of the poor equally,answered her not a word to her request
,b. that He, who otherwise so readily accepted petitions, rejected the disciplespetition for this woman
,c. that He finally broke the as yet observed silence against her on herrenewed request, but only in order to tell her that hard-sounding word.
Christ still behaves in a similar way towards His own in their distress;2.
the reason for which Christ thus behaved
;a. not in order to push her away or to scare her away from Him; He attractedher instead through His Spirit, to continue with prayers and supplications and notto let off; He Himself taught her to pursue the right procedure and to find the Word,with which she finally overcame Him, while He fought externally with her, He heldher heart captive to Him; while He externally confronted her so hard and seemed todiscourage her, inwardly He dragged her to Him;b. but in order to allow her faith to be great
. she probably had a goodconfidence in the Lord Jesus as their petition demonstrates; but her confidence inHim and confidence in His mercy that she had heard extolled would not be so greatand become not so entrenched if He had been hearing her request immediately andhelped;
. she probably did not mean that the Lord Jesus would help her guilt, buttrusted in His grace; she would hardly have learned to throw away so completely allthoughts of her own worthiness or merit and, letting everything else go, to hold ontoHis grace alone, if He had not reminded her of her pagan origins;
. she probablyrelied on the word and good rumor which she had heard about the Lord Jesus; but