Aug 31, 2021 |Jesus And The

Canaanite Woman

08.31.21 | Jesus And The

Canaanite Woman

Frank Tan

Matthew 15:21-28

Great faith is a dialogue; it’s ok to be honest with God. Great faith believes that God is good in spite of circumstances. Great faith comes from unexpected places and we should be humble about who we judge to be faithful.

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I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

2 Timothy 4:1-4

My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge. For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil, but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps follow the path to Sheol; she does not ponder the path of life; her ways wander, and she does not know it.

Proverbs 5:1-6

And now, O sons, listen to me, and do not depart from the words of my mouth. Keep your way far from her, and do not go near the door of her house, lest you give your honor to others and your years to the merciless, lest strangers take their fill of your strength, and your labors go to the house of a foreigner, and at the end of your life you groan, when your flesh and body are consumed, and you say, “How I hated discipline, and my heart despised reproof! I did not listen to the voice of my teachers or incline my ear to my instructors. I am at the brink of utter ruin in the assembled congregation.”

Proverbs 5:7-14

For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the LORD, and he ponders all his paths. The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin. He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly he is led astray.

Proverbs 5:21-23

Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well. Should your springs be scattered abroad, streams of water in the streets? Let them be for yourself alone, and not for strangers with you. Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love. Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?

Proverbs 5:15-20

A garden locked is my sister, my bride, a spring locked, a fountain sealed. Your shoots are an orchard of pomegranates with all choicest fruits, henna with nard, nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense, myrrh and aloes, with all choice spices— a garden fountain, a well of living water, and flowing streams from Lebanon.

Song of Solomon 4:12-15

How beautiful are your feet in sandals, O noble daughter! Your rounded thighs are like jewels, the work of a master hand. Your navel is a rounded bowl that never lacks mixed wine. Your belly is a heap of wheat, encircled with lilies. Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle.

Song of Solomon 7:1-3

 

“The Song of Solomon must be viewed as a collection of erotic songs … The purpose is to describe ideal human love and to give God’s viewpoint of sexual love within marriage, and this it does in some explicit ways … The basic lessons to be derived from this book are:

No form of sexual behavior is unclean, invalid, or sinful between a married couple. The guiding rule, however, is that all such behavior meet two standards: It is agreeable to both partners and not just to one, it meets the mate’s needs.

However, any form of sexual behavior found in Song of Solomon only means it is valid for a married couple.

– Arnold Fruchtenbaum, “Biblical Lovemaking”

Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call insight your intimate friend, to keep you from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words.

Proverbs 7:4-5

For at the window of my house I have looked out through my lattice, and I have seen among the simple, I have perceived among the youths, a young man lacking sense, passing along the street near her corner, taking the road to her house in the twilight, in the evening, at the time of night and darkness.

Proverbs 7:6-9

And behold, the woman meets him, dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart. She is loud and wayward; her feet do not stay at home; now in the street, now in the market, and at every corner she lies in wait. She seizes him and kisses him, and with bold face she says to him, “I had to offer sacrifices, and today I have paid my vows; so now I have come out to meet you, to seek you eagerly, and I have found you. I have spread my couch with coverings, colored linens from Egyptian linen; I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let us take our fill of love till morning; let us delight ourselves with love. For my husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey; he took a bag of money with him; at full moon he will come home.”

Proverbs 7:10-20

With much seductive speech she persuades him; with her smooth talk she compels him. All at once he follows her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a stag is caught fast till an arrow pierces its liver; as a bird rushes into a snare; he does not know that it will cost him his life.

Proverbs 7:21-23

And now, O sons, listen to me, and be attentive to the words of my mouth. Let not your heart turn aside to her ways; do not stray into her paths, for many a victim has she laid low, and all her slain are a mighty throng. Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death.

Proverbs 7:24-27

“I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman.”

Job 31:1 NIV

“If my heart has been enticed toward a woman, and I have lain in wait at my neighbor’s door, then let my wife grind for another, and let others bow down on her. For that would be a heinous crime; that would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges; for that would be a fire that consumes as far as Abaddon, and it would burn to the root all my increase.

Job 31:9-12

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.

1 John 5:3

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

1 John 5:4-5

Take a few minutes to read aloud the Scripture from Matthew 15:21-28. What stood out to you?

The original audience of the gospel of Matthew would have assumed that certain things about them (their heritage, traditions, etc.) meant that they had great faith. What are some of those things in your life? Why?

Do those things (your response from question 1) cause you to look down on other people? What can you do to change your attitude towards those people? Commit to taking one practical step and follow up at the next life group.

The Canaanite woman persistently cried out to Jesus because she held onto God’s promises from the past. What promises or truths about God do you hold onto that help you through difficult times?

Are you going through a difficult time right now? Jesus isn’t here anymore to perform healings, but the church is to be a blessing on his behalf. How can the lifegroup support you through this time? How can you support your lifegroup members?

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