Matt 15:21-28 Just A Crumb As for as we know, this story occurred the only time Jesus ever left the nation of Israel. \\#21\\ tells us that for some reason, Jesus had traveled north to the trade cities of Tyre and Sidon. That is about 100 miles north of Jerusalem, outside of Israel’s borders, and is definitely Gentile. While in that area, Jesus met a woman—or rather a woman met Jesus. Let’s consider her for a few moments this morning. I. \\#22\\ She was a desperate woman. A. She was desperate because her daughter is demon possessed. 1. Neither Matthew nor Mark ever introduce us to the daughter. It is likely that she was not present at this encounter. 2. And the Bible writers do not tell us what the symptoms of the daughter were, only that the symptoms were caused by a demon. a. Some who were afflicted with demons had physical problems (i.e. could not see or speak). b. Others were violent, even suicidal to themselves (i.e. casting themselves into the fire, cutting themselves). c. Still others seemed mad (i.e. living among the dead). 3. Whatever the daughters symptoms were, there was no mistake in the cause. The mother knew she was possessed by a demon. B. She was desperate because the situation was hopeless. 1. If a child breaks an arm, you go to the doctor. 2. If a child knocks out a tooth, you go to the dentist. 3. Where do you go when a child is possessed by a demon? 4. Hollywood and some religions would tell us you go to an exorcist. a. However, Jesus told us that Satan does not cast out Satan. b. Lost people have no power over demons. Even if they were to get one demon out of a person, Jesus told us that more demons—more in number and more in wickedness—would come back. 5. The only one who can get a demon out is God and the only ones who represent God are born-again Christians. 6. There were not many true worshipers of God in Canaan during that time period. C. She was desperate because her daughter’s condition meant she was lost. People may not think of the eternal when they are facing the here and now but the eternal is always the most important element in every situation. II. She was a doubting woman. A. There is no Bible verse for that thought but it had to be true. After all, who is going to hear the stories of Jesus and not have some doubts? B. Can you imagine what she must have heard? 1. There were stories of Jesus healing the blind, causing the lame to walk, the deaf to hear, the mute to speak. 2. Would you believe such stories if they were being told about a man over in Mississippi? a. Would you even bother going to Mississippi to see if it were true? b. No. You would not and neither would I. c. This woman had not bothered traveling into Israel to see if the stories were true either. 3. And the stories got more extreme. a. there were stories about Jesus raising people from the dead! b. And there were plenty of stories about Him casting out demons. 4. With all of the stories she heard, I am certain the woman must have thought about Jesus and her daughter, but the doubts were there. C. I understand doubts when it comes to Jesus and salvation. 1. I am not saying I have any, just that I understand having them. 2. I do not understand having any doubts that there is a God. a. The people in this age did not. They had enough sense to know that all that you see could not just have happened. b. That kind of ignorance is of recent origins. 3. But accepting that Jesus is the God who created the universe and holds it in place, that I can understand. a. Jesus would have to offer some proof. b. He’d have to do some miracles to prove that He was that God—but wait a minute. That is what He was doing, wasn’t it? 4. I can understand doubting that if Jesus was God, that He would want to help me. a. I am sure that is what this mother thought. b. Jesus, a Jew, thought by some to be the Jewish Messiah, why would He want to help me? c. He would have to make some effort to show me that He loved me. He’d have to come to me since I can’t get to Him—but wait a minute, that is what He was doing by coming to Tyre and Sidon. Isn’t it? d. By the way, that is what Jesus did when He came to this planet! 5. I can understand doubting that even if Jesus is God and even if He wants to help me that I could afford it. a. Surely, for such a miracle, God would want some thing in payment. b. In this account, the woman was not told but He does want something. Jesus wants you to be His the remainder of your life. 6. I can even understand that last hesitance. That last bit of doubt when you can not quite put your finger on what you are doubting but you just are not sure. a. The last step that we must take is a two-fold step. (1) It is a step of obedience. (2) It is a step of faith. b. There is not by passing either of them. (1) You must surrender to God. (2) You must take a leap of faith. 7. How much faith is required? Just enough to find out. a. You do not have to have all of your questions answered, all of your doubts settled. b. You just have to have enough faith that you are going to take Jesus at His word and find out if He is real or not. D. One last thought about the doubt that holds us back. 1. Sometimes, you just can’t afford not to believe. 2. This woman had a daughter who was in terrible danger to herself, to others, to her eternity. 3. She simply could not afford NOT to believe, especially when Jesus was so close. 4. By the way, when it comes to salvation, you can’t afford not to believe either. It is your soul! III. \\#23-27\\ She was a determined woman. A. I do not know how much faith this woman had but she had enough that she was going to find out whether Jesus could or would heal or daughter or not. B. Nothing was going to stop her from finding out. Which was good, for there were some obstacles. 1. She had to get Jesus’ attention. a. Mark gives us an additional detail. Jesus did not want anyone to know He was there. Mark 7:24 And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid. b. I do not know why that is the case. (1) If it was anyone but Jesus I would say it was a plan doomed to failure. (2) If 13 orthodox Jewish men come marching down the street of any Gentile village are going to get notice even if one of them is not known as a miracle Worker. c. \\Matt 15:22\\ To remedy that condition, the woman "cried unto him." (1) The word "cried" means to call out. (2) It is not a word to imply the use of a meek voice. (a) \\#John 11:40\\ When Jesus called Lazarus out of the tomb. (b) \\#John 18:40\\ When the people demanded Barabbas be released and Jesus be crucified. (c) \\#John 19:6\\ When Pilate was trying to get the people to let Jesus go but they insisted He be crucified. (3) A woman speaking to a man in this kind of voice would be pushing the rules of etiquette but especially a Gentile woman to a Jewish man. 2. She had to get past the disciples. a. Typically, the disciples were a helpful lot. They work to get people TO Jesus not keep them away. b. But here, their human, Jewish, sinful nature comes out. (1) Perhaps this was another of those trips that Jesus planned so the disciples could rest and it was falling apart AGAIN. (2) Perhaps their Jewish prejudice against Gentiles was showing. (3) Perhaps their national prejudice against the the Canaanites was showing. The Jews were supposed to have destroyed the Canaanites centuries ago. c. For whatever the reason, the disciples wanted the woman gone. 3. She had to get past what seems like Jesus’ indifference and rejection. a. \\#23\\ At first, Jesus ignored the woman. b. \\#24\\ Then He rejected her. c. \\#26\\ Then He insulted her. d. Why would Jesus treat this woman this way? (1) Remember I told you that the last steps are obedience and faith? (2) I also said that you have to have the faith to find out. To take this question to the end. (3) Jesus wanted to see if she did. (4) If she left before she got her answer, she did not have enough faith. e. I have found myself doing something similar. (1) When I get an opportunity to witness to someone, to make certain that I have not talked someone in to getting saved, I try to talk them out of it. (2) I asked them if they are willing to obey Jesus the rest of their lives or if they really believe that Jesus rose from the dead. Those kinds of questions. (3) Why? Because if they can be so easily discouraged from asking Jesus to come into their heart, they do not yet have the faith and obedience necessary to be saved. C. By the way, as a Christian, have you ever felt that God was ignoring you? 1. You had a need and you did not get the answer you sought? 2. Or you just prayed but did not feel the presence of God? 3. It always takes enough faith to find out. IV. \\#27-28\\ She was a desiring woman. A. What did she desire? 1. You say, "She desired her daughter’s healing." 2. Yes, that is true; but she put her request before the Lord in a different way. B. She wanted but a crumb. 1. A crumb? She called her daughter’s healing a crumb? 2. Yes, if Jesus is God, what she was asking for was but a crumb. C. Jesus had just said that He was Jewish and had come to give the meal to the Jews. 1. This woman could understand that. 2. She was not attempting to steal the Jew’s meal. 3. Just give me a crumb and I will be satisfied! a. A crumb from God’s table will heal my daughter. b. A crumb from God’s table will quite the disciples. c. A crumb from God’s table will forgive my sins. d. A crumb from God’s table will make a place of some sorts for me in heaven. e. Just give me a crumb, O Lord. 4. What a statement of faith! D. In case you are wondering, God did not give her a crumb. 1. God has no crumbs. 2. God pulled a chair up to a banquet table and let this Gentile woman enjoy a feast. 3. Granted, the Gentiles and Jews do not eat at the same table. (Theirs is a kingdom. Ours is heaven.) 4. But I will rejoice whole-heartedly for all eternity for my table just as much as I am certain the Jews will rejoice for theirs!