“Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.”

Jesus now moves on from His home to Tyre (Mk 7:24-30).  Hoping to be alone, His presence quickly becomes known.  A Gentile woman approaches Jesus to beg for her daughter to be released from the demonic.  Jesus tells her: “Let the children be fed first.  For it is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” (v. 27)  The woman responds with the words above.  She was not put off by Jesus seemingly harsh words.  Rather, she acknowledges her unworthiness, but presses Jesus anyway, realizing His power.  Her great faith and humility led to the exorcism of her daughter.  This woman is a wonderful example for us.  As did she, we should also recognize our unworthiness before the Lord and approach Him with the same confidence and meekness.  We can be certain of an answer to our pleadings, even if we receive what is not expected at a time we don’t expect it.



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