“And from thence He arose and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon and entered into an house, and would have no man know, but He could not be hid.”
The detailed account of the earthly ministry of Jesus is not a complete list of everything He both said and did, nor was it ever intended for that purpose. “There are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written” (John 21:25). Many of the events are given based upon the subject matter rather than people places and things. The intent of the Spirit appears to be to leave a record of His authority as God, His suffering for His people and the example of His obedience in all things. As this event begins to unfold there is, as always, import to those things which came before for they are part and parcel to the message.
John has been beheaded by Herod and his disciples have gathered themselves unto Jesus. They told Him all things that had been done and those things that they had been taught and He took them apart into a desert place to rest awhile. Many people sought to come unto Jesus for various reasons and when they had been assembled in this same desert place, He began to teach them. When evening came His disciples wanted to send the people away to find food but Jesus, with but five loaves and two fishes, fed five thousand men (plus women and children) and after they were full, the disciples collected 12 baskets of fragments. This was done as a lesson for His disciples of His power over creation and His compassion for the multitude.
He instructed the disciples to get into a ship and go over to the other side of the Sea of Galilee unto the ‘house of the hunt’ (Beth-saida). Then after sending the people away, He departed into a mountain to pray. As the night came, the professional fishermen, with the other disciples, were toiling in rowing for the wind was contrary to them. Jesus came to them, walking on the water and they, supposing that it was a spirit, cried out for they were ‘troubled’. Jesus was continuing the lesson of the futility of the arm of the flesh especially when joined together with the wisdom of man but rather than chiding them again for their unbelief, He calls out to them and says; “Be of good cheer, it is I be not afraid”
Peter, of course, once again speaks out and voices his doubt. Jesus bid him come and made him willing and able to come over the side of the ship and to walk upon the water. (It should be noted that the ship had to be of sufficient size to carry the 12 disciples and those who had come to Jesus after the death of John). The lab work now demonstrated, through Peter, the limited attention span of the sons of Adam as well as how easily they are distracted by the things of this world. There can be no doubt that this was not the first time Peter had ever seen the wind and the waves but his natural eyes were insufficient to produce faith even when he was looking at the Savior. Jesus did not abandon him for his lack of faith nor did He instruct Peter as to how much further he could have walked if he only had learned how to exercise his faith.
Jesus reached out His hand and caught Peter, halting his descent and staying the terror in his mind and said unto them; “O you of little faith, wherefore did you doubt?” Since the list of points about the beginning of the doubts and fears of man are too numerous to mention, Peter is not give a retort to the question but is returned to the ship. And immediately, when they had come into the ship, the wind ceased.
From this harrowing experience, Jesus came into the land of Gennesaret where there were certain Scribes and Pharisees waiting for Him who had come up from Jerusalem. Their minds had been burdened with a question concerning the traditions of the elders and the apparent ignorance of the disciples. Notice not a one of them asked Him why He ate without first washing His hands but rather why His disciples ignored this axiom of righteousness. Jesus sternly rebukes them and condemns those who taught these traditions and customs as the doctrines of God. He reveals their hypocrisy in their actions and condemns them for their arrogance and pride.
He continues speaking with the people that had gathered, along with the disciples, teaching them that there is nothing that a man can do that shall defile him. If man is unclean, then all that proceeds from him is the same, but a man is not made unclean by what he eats and drinks or the manner in which he performs these necessary duties. He also instructed His disciples to leave the plants which His Father had not planted alone. He did not enable them to discern which was a good plant and which was evil. He did not commission them to root out the undesirable plants and clean the garden of the weeds and the tare and he did not send them on a mission trip to baptize the evil plants and organize them into counterfeit facsimiles of the local church. He said; “Let them alone. They are blind leaders leading the blind and if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch” (Matt. 15:14).
The disciples did not understand and thought that He was speaking in parables. They were not given to understand how Jesus could be so harsh and unloving to their fellow countrymen, especially those who were the standard of religious excellence. Jesus explained Himself with a very simple principle of nature; If the source be whole then the product cannot not be tainted.
“Then Jesus went thence and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon” (Matt. 15:21).
This journey began along the Sea of Galilee and headed northwest into the land of the Phoenicians. This was not a short hike around a few hills in the land of Israel, it was a 35 mile (or more) venture over mountainous terrain toward the sea coast. There is no record that Jesus told His disciples where they were going. He did not instruct them to make provisions for the journey and there is no record of anything that was said over this potentially three day trip. Yet with the events and lessons of the previous days fresh upon their minds, the disciples walked that distance and came to an house in the land of Tyre and Sidon.
These cities marked the northern boundaries of the tribe of Asher (Josh. 19:24ff) which placed them outside the territory of the ‘Promised Land’. This no doubt was of concern to the disciples who were quick to ask Jesus why He spoke to the Samaritan woman, were ready to chase away the children and rebuked the one they saw casting out demons because they did not fit into their Zionistic mold. These men were well entrenched in the belief that the kingdom would be returned to Israel where the faithful would rule over their enemies forever.
Jesus had arranged the lesson plans to demonstrate the erroneous nature of these beliefs. He told Nicodemus that the love of God was upon His children which were of every nation, tribe, kindred and tongue of the world (John 3:16). He told the Roman centurion that in all of Israel there was not a greater manifestation of faith than that which he demonstrated (Matt. 8:10). He told the Samaritan woman all her sin and she believed that He was Messiah and many Samaritans with her (John 4:39). He rebuked the disciples for their beliefs, He revealed their religious hypocrisy and openly demonstrated to them that they were confident in the flesh and devoid of faith. A vast majority of the people of Israel, having seen the miracles and heard the teachings, rejected Jesus as Messiah, the Pharisees sought to trap Him in His words and took counsel how they might kill Him and now He has not only left the confines of the Promise Land, the inheritance of Israel, but He has entered into a house. This was certainly a curious endeavour to the supposed ‘chosen people’ of God and their form of Zionism.
Was someone expecting Him? Were they also expecting the disciples that accompanied Him? Did He call ahead and make reservations or did He send a runner ahead to find Him a place to stay? And where did they stay overnight as their journey was not a one day jaunt?
Jesus had not come into this region on a whim or with hopes of finding a prospect waiting for Him. He had no intentions of setting up a revival tent or starting a mission expedition to see if there was any interest in His teachings. He came because there was a certain woman with a particular problem waiting for Him. Many people had been assembled in Jerusalem when Jesus was teaching in the synagogues. As the Pharisees and Herodians were taking counsel together how they might destroy Him, “He withdrew Himself with His disciples to the sea. And a great multitude from Galilee followed Him, and from Judea, and from Jerusalem, and from Idumea, and from Jordan, and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they heard what great things He did, came unto Him” (Mark 3:6ff). No doubt many people from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon had heard and seen the manifestation of the power of God but there was only one certain woman who had been so prepared with a specific problem that required the attention of the Master.
There is again, no information about this house or who the owner was or if it was occupied. This place had been afore prepared by the hand of God to receive this envoy but the particulars concerning it are irrelevant to the lesson. It is sufficient, and consistent with the purpose, that it was within the wisdom and eternal will of God that this house be in this location for this purpose, like a prop on the stage, waiting for the time when it was needed. And the condition and furnishing of this building were sufficient to accommodate Jesus and His disciples and whoever was with them on this journey. No one had accompanied this group but those for whom the lesson was prepared. No one could have stopped short of the destination or proceeded beyond the place where this house was, and so, Jesus entered into this house.
“And would have no man know, but He could not be hid”
All power was given unto the Son of God over all the earth and the inhabitants thereof. There was nothing that needed to be done that was abated because Jesus could not do it. When the mob of people led Him to the brow of the hill for to cast Him off, He walked through them and no man laid a hand upon Him (Luke 4:29). When He perceived that they would take Him and make Him King, He again demonstrated the power of God over all things and turned and departed into the mountains alone (John 6:156). He healed without contact, He cast out demons by His word, he calmed the seas with a rebuke and He even raised the dead in open demonstration that He was the Lord God Omnipotent who reigns supreme over ever thing. So the fact that He could not be hid is not a mistake nor did He have to alter His format because He could not be hid.
There were many of the land of Tyre and Sidon who had seen and heard Jesus. His fame spread throughout the countries like a brush fire and the multitudes of people followed after Him to hear Him speak, see a miracle and maybe catch one of His free luncheons. But these throngs of people were restrained as Jesus came into this land. There were no billboards announcing His arrival, He had not bought up air time to advertise His performances for the people and He did not send forth one of His entourage to advance the site for that days performance. He came those many miles in to this foreign land because there was a certain daughter of Tyre who had been afflicted with a specific condition which needed His attention.
“For a woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of Him and came and fell at His feet” (25)
The religionists of the world will quickly point out how this woman heard of Jesus through the benevolent endeavours of those who had heard before. These ‘missionaries’ must have spread the news of this man from Galilee and this is how she heard of Him. But if that be the case then where are these people. Jesus had determined that NO MAN know where He was or what He was doing and NO MAN was kept at bay. He could not refuse to do the work which the Father gave Him to do and He did not waste any time in walking these many miles in vain.
This woman heard of Jesus in the same way that Naomi heard there was bread in Israel. It is the same way that the prophets heard the Word of God, Mary heard of the coming Messiah, Joseph heard to take his wife and young child and flee to Egypt and then to return and Peter knew that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God. This hearing is not according to the abilities of the natural organs of the body nor is it contingent upon the comprehensive abilities of the hearers. This hearing comes from the Word of God, who is quick and full of power, sharper than any two-edged sword, which pierces even to the dividing point of joint and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Heb. 4:12). The truth is not conveyed from mouth to mouth or from intellect to intellect for; “flesh and blood has not revealed unto you, but My Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 16:17).
This infamous figure (NO MAN) is conspicuously absent whenever the truth is present. He cannot serve two masters (Matt. 6:24) was not permitted of Jesus to see the cleansed lepers or the blind that now saw (8:4 & 9:20), he is incapable of knowing the Father or the Son (11:27), he was forbid to hear the testimony that Jesus is Messiah (16:20), unable to answer the questions of Jesus (22:46) and though he try often, yet he cannot deceive the elect (24:36). Contrary to the modern opinion, NO MAN knows the day and the hour when the Lord shall return a second time, without sin, for His Beloved, to every man in his order.
No man knows the new name of the children of the kingdom (Rev. 2:17), he has no control over what the Lord of glory does (3:7), he cannot take the crown of righteousness which the Lord himself gives unto His Beloved (3:11) and there is NO MAN in heaven or in the earth who is worthy to open the book or loose the seals (5:3f). He knows not the number of the elect, although it be a remnant according to grace (7:9), he cannot learn the new song of the redeemed of Yehovah (14:3), he cannot enter into the Temple of the Lord (15:8) and he does not know the name of Yehovah God (19:12). So to intimate that this woman heard of Jesus by the words of NO MAN, for indeed Jesus would that NO Man knew, is not the gospel of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah.
His Spirit bore witness with her Spirit that Jesus was come unto her and she was made willing in the day of His power to come and fall at His feet and worship Him. This worship was acceptable unto Him because she worshiped in Spirit and in truth and her testimony indicates that this was a child of grace.
“And the daughter of Tyre, with a gift, the rich among the people shall entreat Your favour. The King’s daughter is glorious within her clothing wrought of gold” (Ps. 45:11).
Jesus came into the world to seek that which was lost and He found all that He came for. He came to this woman who had been taught of the Spirit concerning her natural status because she was a noble child of the Rock Just as the noble king of the rock (Hiram king of Tyre) was servant to the King of Peace (Solomon) so this daughter of the Rock (which is Christ) is bowed down by the circumstances of her life and she worships at the feet of her Beloved.
This woman was of Grecian descent that lived in the region of ‘the exalted fruit bearing trees’ (Syro-Phonecia). She was born of foreign parents who had no lot in Israel and were without the hope of Messiah, but she was also born of the royal line of the hose of the first-born of the Israel of our God. She was abased as a dog and unworthy of the accolades of the ‘chosen people of God’ but she had been granted to be arrayed in the fine linen, clean and white, which is the righteousness of the saints. She had no glory in her natural lineage and she had no claim to the promises of Israel but she was “elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father through the sanctification of the Spirit unto obedience and the sprinkling of the blood of the Anointing” (I Pt. 2:2) therefore the Spirit made intercession for her with groanings and utterances which cannot be heard (Rms. 8:27).
The truth was being presented upon the stage of time here as this certain woman, being an inheritor of the new covenant, knew that she was a dog waiting under the Masters table. She knew that she dare not lift her eyes heaven ward as she lay prostrate before the mercy seat crying out; “God, be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13) and she knew that her only hope was in the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah. This faith caused her to come unto Jesus at this appointed time and though she was dressed in a ragged tent, stained with the ignorance of Adam, yet she was of the “chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an Holy nation, a peculiar people, that you should shew forth the praises of Him that has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (I Pt. 2:9).
“But He answered her not a word and His disciples came and besought Him, saying, Send her away for she is speaking vociferously behind us” (Matt.15:23).
The disciples could not identify this daughter of Jerusalem just as NO Man can identify the difference between wheat and tare. And when Jesus did not answer this loud call, they concluded that she was not worthy. This was true but not for the reasons they thought. She was not worthy of herself and she considered herself as low as a dog yet she knew that even the most vile and disgusting animal in all of creation, waits at the hand of God for life and breath and all things.
Jesus spoke of the bias and prejudicial nature of the men there with Him when He said that it was not right to give the food intended for the children unto a scavenger dog. The disciples agreed with His statement for their thoughts were carnal. The years of indoctrination into the 'Arian' arrogance of a blood line which ultimately returns to the same source, had given these men the same ignorant confidence in the flesh as every son of Adam possesses naturally; but Jesus said He was come only for the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
In this lesson, Jesus proclaims that they are not all of Israel who are born of Israel for the lost sheep of the house of the Israel of our God are scattered throughout the earth. He had led this group of men into a hostile area where they thought themselves soiled for even entering and there proclaimed once again, that the faith which this woman exhibited was true faith.
“O woman, your faith is great; be it unto you even as you desire; and her daughter was made whole that very hour” (Matt. 15:28)
The disciples had been shown, once again, that they had no faith in Adam, not because they were not the chosen vessels unto the Lord, but because they had confidence in the flesh. This is the lesson that He is teaching His children even today. He has made them subject to the vanity of this world that they should cry out unto Him; “Have mercy upon me, O Lord, son of David”.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
January 3, 2016