Bread Crumbs

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 2:10pm

Matthew 15:21-28  (NIV)   Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.   A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”    Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”   He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”   The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.   He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”   “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”   Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.

Wow!  Would Jesus get in trouble for saying that today!  You have to wonder what He was thinking when He was telling this lady He couldn't help her because she wasn't the right nationality, not the right color, not the right religion.  Do you think it was a test?  Was He testing her faith?  She certainly passed the test.

This Canaanite woman could have been sorely offended by Jesus's words, referring to her as a "dog!" Again, was He being flippant, uncaring, dismissive?  Or was He looking for a glimpse of life in her, a heart after God without regard for her rights, her feelings.  She cared for her daughter and that was all.  She laid her traditional beliefs aside for something she needed, and something she saw as real (Jesus.) She knew in her heart that this man was different and she needed something He had -- life.

This gal argued with Jesus.  She told him He was wrong!   Again, was He testing her?  Would Jesus state something that wasn't true?  "It isn't right to . . ."  But she said it was right!  And he relented?  Did He?  Or did Jesus acknowledge her faith and proclaim, "your request is granted."

Interesting exchange, to say the least.

I'm not sure if I've ever told Jesus He was wrong.  I've been mad at God, confused about why some things happen or don't happen in situations.  Some Scripture confuses me and I don't understand.  Does this give me the license to tell him He's wrong?  I think I'll tread on that with very, very carefully. But I do think it's okay, even healthy, to convey to God when we feel hurt, mad, confused.  Being honest is the first step to clarity, to healing.

One thing I know, my solid foundation of belief is that God is good, He is faithful, He is just, and I trust Him in all aspects of my life.