Matthew 15:22-28 – Dogs and Crumbs

Matthew 15:22-28
22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.
27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.
28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

-Jesus’ words in this verse may seem uncharacteristically harsh, but they are in fact a necessary reminder of the order of things.   Human pride deludes us into thinking that we are something special when, in fact, we are not.  The Lord assumes the responsibility of reminding us that He resists the proud and only gives grace to the humble (James 4:6).  Jesus called this lady a dog because He knew she had the humility to accept it.  Could you humbly swallow being called a dog by God?  If not, think about all the many blessings you will miss out on because of something as foolish as pride.

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