It is surprising who actually gets more than a crumb from the table of God.

It is surprising who actually gets more than a crumb from the table of God.

Mark 7:24-30 “Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. 25 In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet. 26 The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter. 27 “First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” 28 “Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29 Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.” 30 She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.”

God has a place for everyone, no matter who they are.

There is so much judgment in the church. When will it stop? But it has occurred since day one.

The Church falls out over doctrine and practices. The Church despises the Church and the world.

It is difficult to express just exactly how much the Jews hated and despised the people of Tyre.  They were despised outsiders. Jesus had said “But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.” Matthew 11:22.

Why was Jesus so reluctant to drive the demon out of the woman’s daughter?

He wasn’t.

He was testing her faith.

Will she fight back when he indicates that it is not right to take the children’s bread (Israel) and toss it to the dogs (the Tyre and Sidonian people)? Or will she respond according to her knowledge that salvation is for all, Jew and Gentile. That God’s love reaches beyond the barriers that man puts up.

“Even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” She got it!

She understood even what the disciples would fail to.

That even an outcast, a dog, a second-class citizen of God’s community would get a crumb if she persevered. And one crumb from the master’s table is all she needed.

Jesus gave her more than a crumb. He granted her heart’s desire and he welcomed her to the table.

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