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Lesson # Matt. 15:22
Study Material - Matt. 15:22
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
22 And [kai] , behold [idou] , a woman [gune] of Canaan [Chanaanaios] came [exerchomai] out of [apo] the same [ekeinos] coasts [horion] , and cried [kraugazo] unto him [autos] , saying [lego] , Have mercy [eleeo] on me [me] , O Lord [kurios] , thou Son [huios] of David [Dabid] ; my [mou] daughter [thugater] is grievously [kakos] vexed with a devil [daimonizomai] . KJV-Interlinear
22 And behold, a Canaanite woman came out from that region, and began to cry out, saying, 'Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.' NAS
Jesus is in a land of gentiles. He is in a non-Jewish state. There is no temple, no tabernacle, no Levitical feast or sacrificial system, no scriptures, no priesthood. None of the things that Jewish peoples had grown up with and had become accustomed.
The woman lived in a gentile area with a pagan background. There they worshiped idols and followed many phallic cult practices, many of which incorporated sex and various forms of unsavory sacrifices (including human). If one were to speak out against these false gods, then ones life might even become forfeit. Tolerance may have been higher as degenerate societies pursue their sensual desires more so than attempting to impose systems of righteousness on others.
In Judea, there were all the ingredients and advantages of faith and its development, yet self righteousness and all its baggage including bias and prejudice had taken over. In the gentile region, a different type of sin category existed. One which was oriented to the lascivious side of life.
The woman came out of nowhere, seemingly. She had heard of Jesus. She had heard of His presence. We can assume that she was aware of the gossip concerning His miracles, and it is obvious she correctly identifies Him as Lord.
The woman is a believer in Jesus Christ. She doesn't challenge his identity. She doesn't challenge His authority. She doesn't question His abilities. What she does do is, she gives us an example of a person who so desires a relationship with God, that she requires no 'proving' from Him as to who He is or what He is able to do.
She knows already. She has had very little exposure to Jesus Christ, but it is obvious that she has become disillusioned with the idolatry and pagan religion of her homeland, and has turned to what she has identified in her own mind as the truth concerning God, and she has identified the one true God in the person of Jesus Christ.
She, without all the privileges of the scriptures, without the Levitical priesthood, without the Temple and its feasts and practices, has come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Now I am hammering this point a little bit because it really applies to us all sooner or later in our life.
I presume that you the reader of this Bible study live in a reasonably affluent setting, so you have many advantages in life. You have crossed the first point of testing which God imposes on each one of us and that test is our personal desire to learn and grow up spiritually. The next test is our desire to stick with a daily study program. Many fail this test as they just get bored with their Bible study, or other things interfere with their Bible study, or they flutter like a butterfly from one Bible study to another, or from one church to another, and the real truth is that they are indifferent and do not have that deep down desire to learn Gods wisdom and grow up spiritually.
Many people are near Bible doctrine, that is to say that Bible doctrine is readily available to us all and easily obtainable. But they remain out on the fringes of their study and do not quite get into the thick of their spiritual life. Kind of like the blond jokes you hear as the blond hears the information but just doesn't quite catch on. So it is with many believers. They suffer from this blond elusiveness with respect to their spiritual lives.
Peter has been with Jesus for quite some time now, yet when he got out of the boat, Jesus described his faith as 'little.' Peter and the rest of the disciples had seen all the miracles, had heard all of the words spoken, and even had individual personal time with the Son of God. You'll recall that no one else got out or even attempted to get out of the boat.
This woman however had little contact with Christ and yet she believed in Him and in His will and ability to fulfill her request or help for her daughter.
Now you can look into the mirror and ask yourself the question, 'Am I in the will of God? Am I doing that which is expected of me? Or, am I just putting in the time in Bible study and finding convenient excuses (being a blond) as to why various doctrines do not apply to me, but apply to others?'
And the answer is??? The next homework question is, 'Why did Jesus not answer the woman?'
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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