THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
I'd rather have "crumbs" from Jesus' table than
all the riches the world has to offer.
21 Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of
Tyre and Sidon.
22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same
coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me,
O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously
vexed with a devil.
23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came
and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost
sheep of the house of Israel.
25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's
bread, and to cast it to dogs.
27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs
which fall from their masters' table.
28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is
thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was
made whole from that very hour.
Yesterday, my pastor (Bro. Warren Maxwell) used this Scripture for
This was a parent of faith!
She would do ANYTHING for the Lord to heal her daughter!
At first, Jesus did not answer the woman at all, even though she
cried loudly toward Him and the disciples.
Evidently she continued to cry out loudly, and the disciples were
concerned about it (vs 23).
But Jesus utilized her knowledge of history to refuse her request.
She was "Syrophoenician."
She was probably Canaanite in descent and Greek by birth.
Obviously, she was aware of the prophesy of "Messiah."
Therefore, Jesus explained that His chief purpose was to bring
"the lost sheep of Israel" to faith in Him first.
Then, He used an analogy of her era which she could understand.
One did not allow the "dogs" in the house to have the
Dogs were tolerated in the house, but they ate only the scraps.
Jewish people of that day referred to all Gentiles as "dogs,"
intimating that they came second to Jews in relation to God and
His revelation of Himself.
The woman accepted the analogy.
She called it "truth!"
She didn't even mind being called a DOG!
She just pled for the "crumbs!"
She was quite willing to be second...or even last!
It would be "crumbs" for Him to restore her daughter!
She was exhibiting what Jesus called "great" faith, for she believed
He could perform her request with only a word!
Jesus acknowledged her as having "great faith," and told her what
she requested was DONE!
Parents, realize that it only takes a CRUMB for Jesus to change your life,
AND the lives of your children.
PLEAD for them in FAITH!