The Story of the Caananite woman who called out to Jesus, in Matthew 15:22…And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”But she said, “Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once.
As we sit down to Thanksgiving dinner across America, I decided to post this picture and all at one the story of the crumbs came to mind. I heard this story taught lots of times and never understood the depth or meaning of the story. The Holy Spirit is a great teacher. When I hear the translation of this, it make sense.
This woman is one of two people that Jesus spoke of as having great faith, the other is the centurion. Neither one was Jewish, when she followed Him, she called out to Him, Son of David, a term used only by the Jews, she was pretending. That’s why the reference to the dogs getting the crumbs. Her daughter was grievously vexed by the devil and she wanted Jesus to heal her or cast it out. But she wasn’t Jewish and He was sent to the house of Israel first and the Gentiles would be grafted in later.
I always thought the dog reference was a bad thing, but in the actual translation, the word is whelps or puppies. It was more of a term of endearment. Jesus was not easily offended and neither should we be, it is very important not to be. I confess to having a bothersome offense, I believe it is gone.
This woman took no offense, especially, to being called a puppy. She rephrased it and Jesus was amazed at her faith, her prayer was answered. So as we bless the Lord with Thanksgiving prayers, let’s be reminded that we too, puppies of a sort, being Gentiles, have been getting crumbs from the Master’s table.
This is a time to be thankful, and let’s be just that. Let’s not put on any pretense of piety or humility, but be truly thankful for our blessings and know that He has so much more for us to receive, when we can believe the sacrifice He made and praise His name.
Let’s never be satisfied with crumbs, when we can feast on His goodness.