Mark 7- Crumbs From The Table

For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet: The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter. 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 7:25-27

Here we see a Gentile Woman coming to Christ for healing, this is significant as the New Covenant hasn’t been instituted yet, therefore this is a foreshadow of the New Covenant to come (Jeremiah 31) Jesus said “Let the Children (Israel) be filled first” Jesus was explaining to the Gentile Woman that he came to save the Jew first then the Gentile

Notice the language Jesus uses to describe Gentiles, “cast it unto the dogs” This was the view of the Gentile world in Israel at the time. It’s another demonstration of how amazing the New Covenant is, where Jew and Gentile are united together by the blood of Christ!

And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs. And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter. Mark 7:28-29

Notice the humility of the woman, her response “The dogs under the table eat the crumbs” He faith in Christ was so strong that she was willing to humble herself, this is what true repentance looks like. Jesus was impressed by her response and demonstration of faith he said “For saying this I cast out the demon in your daughter”

Because of this great faith of the Gentile Woman, Jesus healed her daughter. Also notice the great demonstration of the New Covenant, as Christ has authority over the demon. Jesus is Lord over the supernatural and natural world

And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.  Mark 7:31

The Gentile Woman went home and found her daughter free from the demon. Her faith in Christ has made her well. This is a demonstration of the New Covenant, the woman received Christ because of her faith not because of her nationality. 

Are you willing to eat the crumbs from The Lord’s table? God draws near to the humble and resists the proud Amen!

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