Triumphant Faith   1 comment

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Above:  The Canaanite Woman

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

My great-grandfather was a Pietist; I am not.  So I do not understand what is wrong with playing cards on Sunday.  The main fault with Pietism is that it establishes its own substitute for ritual purity codes with which Jesus argued.  Jesus said, in my paraphrase:

You don’t need to keep over 600 laws; two are sufficient.

Yet many professing Christians keep getting closer to 600 than to two.

I recall that, years ago, my grandmother, Nell Barrett Taylor (1915-2001), said that her father (my great-grandfather) found a deck of playing cards in her home in Summerville, Georgia.  He was not amused.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 10, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Matt. 15, 28

The key to this passage is faith that triumphs over all difficulties.

I.

We trace her faith in her confession:

1.  Confessed her misery:  “My daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.”

2.  Confessed her weakness by asking his help:  “Have mercy on me.”

II.

[She] shewed her faith her faith in her prayer:

1.  Recognized his character–Messiah:  “Thou Son of David–a title popularly applied to Messiah.  Here her faith was thoroughly orthodox.

2.  She confided in his power, else she never would have approached Him.  Supplicants must believe he is able to answer prayer.

3.  She earnestly thought his blessing:  “Lord, help me.”  All her soul is in it.  Surely anyone can pray this prayer.

III.

We see her faith in her determined perseverance:

1.  She overcame the difficulty of approach.  [It] was difficult for a Greek and a woman to approach him at all.

2.  [She] overcame his apparent coldness.  “He answered her not a word.”  Still she pleads.

3.  She overcame the limits of his mission–to Jews only, not to dogs.

Faith is victorious; as in the conversion of Hudson Taylor, a boy going play cards on Sunday.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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