The Crumbs and The Children’s Bread!!!
Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
Jesus departed from there, skirted the Sea of Galilee, and went up on the mountain and sat down there…… Matthew 15:21-29
In our previous study, we see Jesus explaining to the Multitude and His Disciples that, “What goes into the mouth does not defiles a Man, But what defiles a Man are those things that comes out of His Mouth as a result of what He permitted into His Heart” Teaching us to be More carefully about our Hearts being defiled than germs entering into our body. Here we read of Jesus delivering a Daughter of a Cananite woman from Demon-possession. There is a great lesson we can learn from this non-Jewish Woman whom the Lord praised for Her faith.
Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.”: Jesus went out of where? He went out of a place where there were contention with His Words. He departed from the Place where people were offended at His words. The Lord will never stay in a Place where people do not receive the Truth of His Word. Let us therefore learn from Jesus to depart from places where people contend with the Truth of God’s word.
So Jesus depart to the Region of Tyre and Sidon. This region was a region outside the borders of Israel. Jesus hardly ever went outside the borders of Israel. But this is one of the Only time He went. He Himself had told His Disciples not to go the way of the Gentiles(Matt 10:5).He Himself said, He was sent only to the Lost Sheep of Israel(Matt 15:24). Then why did He go there? Why Did He Walked such a Long distance from the Lake of Galilee to the region of Tyre and Sidon? No doubt, it was because He had a prompting from the Holy Spirit. Just like if we are listening faithfully to the Voice of the Holy Spirit, we can get a Prompting to go to a certain place or to do something. So Jesus had a prompting as a Man and went to the Region of Tyre and Sidon not knowing Why but when He got there, He saw Why!!! It was because there was a Cananite Woman whom God has seen in that area who was in need because Her daughter was Demon-possessed. She was not an Israelite, She was not a Descendant of Abraham but God cared even for those who are outside His Covenant. And Behold the Woman Cried out to Jesus, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” I Perceived she was saying, “Lord I don’t merit this because I am a Cananite but Lord have Mercy on My Daughter. I have heard a lot about You and I believe that You are the Son of David who is to to be the Messiah, Please Have mercy on Me!!!” parents should learn to approach God on behalf of their Children who are in slavery to the will of the Devil. It is not God’s will that anyone of us should be tormented by the Devil. Parents can therefore Have faith on behalf of their Sons and Daughters even when they are incapacitated to go on their own.
But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.”:One would think Jesus is being a little hard here, but the ways and actions of a Spiritual man cannot at times be understood by carnal people. Very often, When Jesus speaks to people, He was testing them. So Jesus was testing Her to see if she would be offended. Remember Jesus walked a whole day only to Help this woman and immediately He helped Her, He departed back to the Sea of Galilee(Matt 15:29). So How can we say a person who made such a Long Journey to help one person despises that Person? Jesus was testing Her(Psalm 7:9). But the Disciples were always fed up with people around Jesus. When they should have interceded on Her behalf, they said “Send Her away, for she is shouting after us”. It is a shameful thing when those who called themselves Disciples of the Lord are not as compassionate as their Master. The Disciples were irritated about Her shouting. They could not bear it. They seek their own Honour!!! They were weak Disciples but thank God for the Holy Spirit, they became a Different group of Disciples when the Holy Spirit came upon them.
But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”: instead of the Lord sending her away as His Disciples suggested, He gave a soft answer to Her. Jesus recognized that the Father has drawn a Boundary around Him when He was sent to Earth. And He explained to this woman. But yet, She would not give up!!! She persisted in her cry to the Lord. This is something which the Lord always appreciates that when we come to Him in prayer and it looks as if He has not answered our prayers, that we persist. Do you do that when you pray for something or you give up because you prayed once and did not get an answer? This is exactly why You did not get it because you gave up. It may look as if the Lord rejected it but He is looking for persistence. This is because when you continue to seek God in prayer, You are hereby expressing Your Faith in the fact that God is a good God. But if you give up and don’t continue in prayer, You are hereby saying, “Well I don’t know whether God is a good God for it seems like He does not care for Me”. But when You persist, You are saying, “I am convince that God is a good God”. That’s why Jesus says, “Men ought to Pray and never faint(Luke 181)”. Jesus was teaching persistence in prayer with His reaction towards this woman. You will discover in the day of Judgement when you stand before the Lord that there were so many things that God would have done for you if only you had persisted a little more in prayer, instead of been lazy about it and asking once and give up. If she has asked once and given up and said, “The Lord has said He is only sent to the lost sheep of Israel” and goes back to her Demon-possessed daughter and says, “Sorry My Girl, I went to Jesus but He said He couldn’t not Help us” what picture would You have gotten about Jesus? But this mother would not let go. Thank God she didn’t!!! Are your children suffering today because You gave up on praying for them? You prayed once or twice for your Sons or Daughters who have gone astray and you didn’t get the answers immediately so you gave up. You would have experienced a Miracle in your home if only you had persisted!!! . Your Sons and Daughters would have been changed if you had persisted in prayers.
But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.”: Yet One more hard test!!! As if the previous one was not enough. First of all, Jesus tested persistence, she passed!!! But now, let me see whether she is Humble. And she passed that test too. Wonderful!!!. She said “Yes Lord. I take that place of a Dog. I am nothing, I am nobody before You. I deserve nothing from You Lord. But can’t the dog get at least the Crumbs that falls from the Table? Lord, Just give me a crumb. I am not asking for the Children’s bread. All I need is a Crumb Lord!!! One little crumb is enough to cast the Demon out of my Daughter!!! ”
Physical and materials blessings are the Crumbs that falls from the Table. We are not dogs, we are Sons and Daughters of the Living God. We have a right to eat of the Children’s bread. We don’t have to sit at the foot of the tables like dogs eating Crumbs. There are many Preachers who are preaching Crumbs. They preach that God will give You Physical blessings, better House and cars, and Healing from Your sicknesses. I want to tell you in Jesus name, “These are the Crumbs!!!” There is a Bread on the Table that Jesus is eagerly protecting against those that are not children from eating of. Don’t let any Preacher say to You, “Hey You dog, here are the crumbs the master is throwing down from the the tables for Dogs” is that what You want? Or You want the Children’s Bread?. What is the Children’s bread? The Children’s bread is the Divine nature.(2 Peter 1:4).It is the Life of God Himself that helps us to manifest the Life of Christ in our body. This is the Children’s bread and all the other blessings that the Lord adds to us are the crumbs that falls from the table!!!
Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.: In the Gospels, there are only two places where Jesus spoke about the Greatness of someone’s Faith, and it is very interesting to see that. The first was about the Roman centurion where Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!(Matt 8:10). And the other one is here when Jesus said,” “O woman great is your faith!”. One was a Roman man, the other was a Cananite woman. What do we see? Both were Non-Jew. They were Gentiles and unbelievers. But the People who studied the Bible does not seem to have more faith than them. We may have Bible knowledge yet lacks faith!!! There is a close connection between Humility and Faith. The more Humble we are, the more faith we have. The Roman centurion said to Jesus, “I am not worthy that You come under my roof”. This woman said, “Lord, I am willing to take the place of a Dog just to get the crumbs”. No wonder their faith was Great!!! Is it Possible today that Jesus will say to a non-Christian person that, “Your Faith in Me is Great!!! But some of this Christians who claim to be Born again don’t even have 10% of the faith you have. And Her Daughter was Healed that very Hour. How terrible it would have been if she had just gone away and missed that opportunity because Jesus never came back again to Tyre and Sidon. Sometimes it Is just one last opportunity we have to trust God and expect Him to do a Miracle for us and Yet we may miss it because We did not persist. May none of Us miss what God has for Us in Jesus name(Amen).
Dear Friend, If we come to the Lord with Persistence, Humility and Faith, there is a Lot we can get from the Lord. If we continue in prayer, we can be sure that the Lord will not send Us away empty. Don’t give up!!! But Yet remember, You are Sons and Daughters of God if You are born again and there is a Bread kept on the Table for You. Don’t settle for the Crumbs. The crumbs are meant for those who are not in Covenant with God. Out of His Goodness and generosity, He sends His rain even on the wicked. Material blessings are Crumbs But the Divine nature is the Bread. We have been called to be partakers of the Children’s Bread, don’t set Your affections on the Crumbs. May the Lord give us understanding in this(Amen). God bless You. Have a blessed day.
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