Difficult Verse #7
The Children’s Bread
Mark 7:26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.
Mark 7:27 But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.
Mark 7:28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs.
Mark 7:29 And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.
Mark 7:30 And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.
This Syrian/Phoenician mixed breed woman came to Christ seeking deliverance for her daughter. The first issue is that of devil possession and its association to illness. A person can be sick and not possessed by an evil spirit, or one can be possessed and it appear as an illness. Secondly, Jesus responds that the Jews, the Children of Israel, have first rights. These verses are often difficult for folks because of the sense of respect or preference to one group of people over another. In our time, it is hard to understand that there is a Godly preference or prejudice that exists. God did send His Son to the Jew first, but the Jews (His Own) rejected Him and that cleared the way for you and me as gentile dogs to be saved. Notice her belief, she besought Him, secondly, her barrier, she was not a child but a dog. Thirdly, see her begging words, not a loaf but simply the crumbs will satisfy this woman whose faith is ignorant of the restrictions. Then, fourthly, she receives her bounty, her daughter is healed. This crumb will turn this dog into a child of the King -
Psalms 37:16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.
Pastor David StogsdillGrace Bible Baptist Church