The brightest jewels
are usually found in the darkest places. And our Lord Jesus Christ usually
finds jewels for his crown not among moral, enlightened, refined, religious
people, but among the depraved, despised,degraded,and degenerate(I
Cor.1:26-29).He digs his diamonds from the pit of fallen humanity and hews his
gems from the quarry of transgressors (Isa. 51:1).
For three years the
Lord of glory had walked among his kinsmen, the children of Israel. He taught in their synagogues, performed
miracles in their streets, preached upon their mountains, and revealed himself
in their temple. But the Jews had no faith. "He came unto his own and his
own received him not" (John ). They were content to observe their
meaningless ceremonies, practice their useless rituals, perform their legal
services, and defend their religious traditions. Disgusted with their unbelief,
the Lord departed from Jerusalem and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon. There he would hide himself from the
self-righteous, religious crowd and put himself in the path of an elect,
Canaanite woman, who was in desperate need of mercy. Her darling daughter was
"greivously vexed with a devil."
Who is not familiar
with her story? Every reader of God's Word knows about the Syrophenician woman.
What parent has not felt her pain? Her darling daughter was in the hands of the
devil. Satan had taken possession of her child's body and was determined to
destroy her soul. But this mother was not willing for her daughter to be
damned. As soon as the Lord Jesus came into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, she "heard of him", sought him
out,and spread her case before him. Read the story
carefully and learn these four things: (1.) Whenever
God is pleased to give mercy and faith to a sinner, he will cause that sinner
to "hear of Christ" (v. 25). (2.) Wherever there is a seeking sinner,
there is a seeking Savior (vv. 24-25). Christ went to where she was before she
could come to where he was. (3.) Sinners in need of mercy will take whatever
ground God gives upon which they may plead for mercy (vv. 27-28). (4.) All who
need mercy and seek mercy by faith in Christ shall obtain mercy (vv. 29-30).