Crumbs for the dog

In Mark 7:24-30, a woman who was Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth, fell at Jesus’ feet and asked Him to drive out the demon in her daughter.

She kept asking Him.  Seems like when she first asked, Jesus ignored her.  So she tried again.  It doesn’t say how many times she asked, but due to her persistence Jesus finally answered.

But he didn’t answer her with a miracle.  He instead He told her to wait since she wasn’t a Jew.  He said let “the children be satisfied first, because it isn’t right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”

Ouch.  Her she was, at Jesus feet asking for no more than what other’s received.  She heard of the healing and demons being driven out and here she had Jesus live and in person, but He basically rebuked her.

But she would not give up.  “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”

Jesus then told her because of her answer, to go for her daughter is now healed.

Seems rather harsh for Jesus to say no.  He came to heal the sick, not the well and here was a sick woman.

The prophecies were about a seed of Abraham that would be for the whole world.  Yes, God chose the Jew to be his people, but only to pass on the legacy and word to the world.  Jesus came for the whole world.  So why was he holding back from this woman?

My bible commentary suggests Jesus invited this woman to express the faith that would eventually come  to be expected of the Gentiles while reminding her that his present ministry is directed to Israel.  If Jesus was testing this woman’s faith, why not the Jews He was healing?  Could it be that Jews being Jews already demonstrated a faith so Jesus healed them?

Since Jesus is God and knows the hearts of people. He knew the Greek woman had faith.  He wanted her to express it since she was a Greek.  It could be that there were other’s around to see and Jesus wanted others to see and hear about the Gentiles.


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