Beyond the Boundaries
July 20, 2014
Topic: Matthew Passage: Matthew 15:21–15:39
“Matthew: The Gospel of the Grace of God”
“BEYOND the BOUNDARIES”
“the gospel . . . is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16b)
Verse Matthew 15:21
“And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden.”(Mark 7:24)
Verse Matthew 15:22
John 6:37 “whoever comes to me I will never cast out.”
“at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and stranger(s) to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.” (Eph. 2:12)
Verse Matthew 15:23a
The GREATNESS of her faith was revealed by her PERSISTENCE.
Verse Matthew 15:24
Verse Matthew 15:25
Verse Matthew 15:26
Verse Matthew 15:27
Verse Matthew 15:28
Charles Spurgeon “The Lord of glory surrendered to the faith of the woman.”
ALL ALONG, the Lord had been TESTING this woman’s faith.
THROUGHOUT her ordeal, she had PERSISTED in her faith.
ULTIMATELY, the Lord REWARDED her faith.
Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”
God ALWAYS HONORS GREAT FAITH.
Verse Matthew 15:29-30
Matthew 9:36: “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”
“And he healed them” (Matthew 15:30b)
“People who were sick went away cured; people who came with only one functioning arm or leg went away with two; and people who came blind and deaf went away seeing and hearing. People who had never spoken a word were now shouting praises to Jesus. People who had never walked a step were now jumping and running for joy.” - John MacArthur
Verse Matthew 15:32
The 5,000 The 4,000
Mostly Jews Mostly Gentiles
Galilee The Decapolis
5 loaves, 2 fish 7 loaves, a few fish
12 baskets left over 7 baskets
Crowd with Him 1 day Crowd with Him 3 days
Spring of year (green grass) Summer
Tried to make Him king No response
They were HEALED, as the Jews had been healed;
They were FED, as the Jews had been fed;
They were SERVED by the DISCIPLES, as the Jews had been served.
Verse Matthew 15:33-38
1. The POWER of Jesus is UNRIVALED
2. The only proper RESPONSE to Jesus is AWE & WORSHIP (v.31)
3. The Lord’s RESOURCES are UNLIMITED (unlike ours)
4. The Lord often INVOLVES His people to MINISTER to others
5. The Lord PROVIDES, & He provides ABUNDANTLY
6. The Lord BLESSES those who SERVE Him
7. The Lord is BOUNDLESS in His COMPASSION – therefore, ENCOURAGE OTHERS to COME to Jesus!
“All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” - John 6:37