And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.…
I. VERY IMPERFECT FAITH MAY BE GENUINE FAITH. It was intensely ignorant trust. Again, her trust was very selfish. It was also weakened and interrupted by much distrust.
II. CHRIST ANSWERS THE IMPERFECT FAITH. Christ stoops to her childish thought and allows her to prescribe the path by which His gift shall reach her. Christ's mercy, like water in a vase, takes the shape of the vessel that holds it. On the other hand, His grace "is given to every one of us according to the measure of the gift of Christ," with no limitation but His own unlimited fulness. Therefore —
1. Let us labour that our faith may be enlightened, importunate, and firm.
2. There can be no faith so feeble that Christ does not respond to it.
III. CHRIST CORRECTS AND CONFIRMS AN IMPERFECT FAITH BY THE VERY ACT OF ANSWERING IT. Her ignorance, selfishness, and fear, were all removed.
(A. Maclaren, D. D.)
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