"a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation" (Mark 7:26), i.e., a Gentile born in the Phoenician part of Syria. (See PHENICIA.) When our Lord retired into the borderland of Tyre and Sidon (Matt. 15:21), a Syro-phoenician woman came to him, and earnestly besought him, in behalf of her daughter, who was grievously afflicted with a demon. Her faith in him was severely tested by his silence (Matt. 15:23), refusal (24), and seeming reproach that it was not meet to cast the children's bread to dogs (26). But it stood the test, and her petition was graciously granted, because of the greatness of her faith (28).
The woman was a Greek, a syrophenician by nation: and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.
And she is one of the women that follow him—only she needs such a lesson as he gave his disciples through the syrophenician woman.
They are not surprised at the syrophenician woman being called "a dog."
It was before the majesty of his character this syrophenician woman bowed with holy reverence and humble admiration.
Look, for example, at the syrophenician in Mark vii, and the centurion in Luke vii.
From the history of the syrophenician woman we may learn, that our applications for mercy must be sincere, fervent, and incessant.
The despised syrophenician woman proved her humility and her faith, and her daughter was made whole.