“Faith of a Crumb”
“Faith of a Crumb”
Mom knew what the problem was.
A demon. An unclean spirit.
A demon from the pit of hell was tormenting her young daughter.
She heard Jesus was in town.
She implored the Lord to heal her girl.
Now, read the account again.
Watch what happens.
Watch the conversation.
Jesus got up and went away from there to the region of Tyre.
And when He had entered a house, He wanted no one to know of it;
yet He could not escape notice.
But after hearing of Him,
a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately came and fell at His feet.
Now the woman was a Gentile, of the Syrophoenician race.
And she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter.
And He was saying to her, “Let the children be satisfied first,
for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
But she answered and said to Him,
“Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children’s crumbs.”
And He said to her, “Because of this answer go; the demon has gone out of your daughter.”
And going back to her home, she found the child lying on the bed, the demon having left.
The woman was a Gentile.
This is important information for understanding Jesus’ response.
She kept asking Him.
Apparently He was not responding quickly enough…if at all.
Jesus finally said “let the children be satisfied first for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
What was Jesus saying…inferring?
The woman knew.
They all knew.
The “children” would be a reference to the Jews.
The Lord came to the Jews first.
They may not have understood this.
The next reference was clear.
Jews called Gentiles “dogs”.
Jesus was not insulting the woman.
He was acknowledging who she was and how they all behaved.
Jesus was simply stating that the Jews would “get the first shot”.
The woman had the classic response.
A response of faith.
She did not debate.
She did not argue.
She did not take offense.
She simply stated the truth…
“Yes”…she agreed with Jesus that she was “a dog”…not Jew. Unworthy.
“Lord”…she declared Him to be Lord. Faith!!
“Even the dogs…crumbs!” Faith of a crumb!
Jesus loved it!
He told her that because of this answer…because of her faith of a crumb…she was to go.
Her daughter would be delivered from the demon.
She left as instructed.
She went home.
She found the child lying on the bed, whole, without demon.
May we have faith of a crumb.
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