TEXT: Matt. 15 (27)
27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.
BR: Matt. 15 (21-28)
The woman that came to Jesus sought help for her daughter, but she was a Canaanite woman.
Jesus didn’t intend to insult her, but He said -(26) “It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.”
What He really meant, is more obvious in His previous statement:
(24) “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. “
I) The Master’s Table
Israel was God’s only people at that time, and their promises from God regarding healing, blessings, protection, provision, etc., were ONLY to them. That meant, SHE had no right to ask for anything from Him.
The promises of God in the New Testament, are also ONLY for His people; for those in Christ.
When the bible refers to a man’s condition BEFORE he comes to Christ, it calls him an ALIEN.
12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
II) Feelin’ like a Dog
Dogs come in different breeds, but by nature they have many common characteristics>
They defend their masters viciously
They track down food and are happy with whatever they find to eat
They are great companions
They offer love and friendship unconditionally, when others are long gone
They are unflappable, optimistic, persistent
That’s what the woman was; in spite of her lack of rights
She pushed aside every obstacle, and moved forward optimistically.
She unconditionally trusted Christ, even when at first rejected
We’re all different, but there’s one thing we have in common; what the bible in TWO places (Titus 1 and Jude 3) calls “the common faith”
III) The Table is set
12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
That’s what the bible account in Matthew was trying to say; it won’t always be just ‘for the Jews’. God always intended to bring other people of the world into His plan.
Jesus was showing us that FAITH bridges the gap between us; it reaches beyond barriers of race and origin, COMPENSATES for our unworthiness and makes us candidates for the glorious promises of God!!