by Robert Walker

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She Showed Such Great Faith (3 of 10)
Great Faith Series
Robert Walker
Matthew 15:21-28

George Benfield, a driver on the Midland Railway, living at Derby, was standing on the footplate oiling his engine, the train being stationary, when his foot slipped; he fell on the space between the lines. He heard the express coming on, and had only time enough to lie full length on the "six-foot" when it rushed by, and he escaped unhurt.

He returned to his home in the middle of the night and as he was going up-stairs he heard one of his children, a girl about eight years old, crying and sobbing. "Oh, father," she said, "I thought somebody came and told me that you were going to be killed, and I got out of bed and prayed that God would not let you die." Was it only a dream, a coincidence?

George Benfield and others believed that he owed his life to that prayer. When we bring our needs to Him we can believe that something great will happen like in this story before us today.

This study is about a poor woman of Canaan who had a little daughter who was devil-possessed. As any mother would, she longed for her little girl to be set free. One day she heard that Jesus, the great Prophet, Teacher and Healer, had come down as far as the borders of her country.

Although she was a Gentile and a heathen, she went to seek Him out and finding Him she pleaded for his mercy and help but apparently He took no notice of her and even likened her to a "dog" (verse 26).

At first His treatment of her seems hard to understand; His attitude toward her and all that he said to her seem to conflict with His gracious word recorded in John 6:37-

John 6:37

All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.

In spite of our Lord's apparent unfriendly attitude toward her, this woman persisted and held on to Him until she received His gracious commendation- "O woman, great is thy faith!" (verse 28); and she not o ...

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