by Charles H. Spurgeon

Carte Blanche
Charles H. Spurgeon
Matthew 15:28

I mean to dwell specially upon those words at the end of the verse, "Be it unto you even as thou wilt." But before we consider them, I should like again to remind you, as I did in the reading, that our Lord admired this woman's faith. He said to her, "O woman, great is your faith." She was humble, she was patient, she was persevering, she was affectionate toward her child. But our Savior did not mention any of these things, for He was most of all struck by her faith. What other good things she had sprang out of her faith. So the Lord Jesus went at once to the root of the matter and, as it were, held up His hands in astonishment and exclaimed, "O woman, great is your faith."

Her faith really was great, extremely great, when you consider that she was a Gentile, one of a race that had ages before been doomed, the Canaanitish race in whose nature idolatry seemed to be ingrained. Yet this woman showed that she had greater faith than many a Jew. There are two cases of extraordinary faith recorded in the early part of Matthew's gospel. In both of these illustrations where our Savior expressed His astonishment at the greatness of the faith, the believers were Gentiles. Of the centurion at Capernaum He said, "Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel." It is a wonderful thing when persons who have lived in ignorance and vice exhibit great faith. We are glad when those who have been brought up religiously and morally are led to believe in Christ. But we are often more astonished when the immoral, those who have previously known nothing of true godliness, are enabled by grace to exercise great faith in Christ.

"O woman, great is thy faith," said our Lord, for it was great even apart from her being a Gentile, for it had been sorely tried. Trials of faith from disciples are often very severe, and the disciples had put her aside and even besought their Lord to send her away. But trials of ...

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