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Healing is the children’s bread

by Rice Broocks | Posted on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 | Tags: , , , | no responses

In one of the most unusual and even controversial encounters in Scripture, Jesus tells a non-Jewish woman who requested a healing for her daughter, “… it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” (Mark 7:27)

At first glance, some mistake His words for ethnic and gender insensitivity, to say the least! Looking closer, nothing could be further from the truth. He was making an impression through the use of surprise to get her attention and ultimately help her. You see, the non-Jewish people, especially those of mixed ethnicity, were deemed less than human by many in their culture. He was simply getting her attention so that she could break past her own feeling of unworthiness and receive the miracle she needed.

The woman replied, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” He said, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.” It is so important how we reply to God when things don’t go our way. Many would have attacked Jesus for being cruel or uncompassionate. The woman never attacked him but stayed focused on the fact that she knew Jesus could help.

This story also reveals a very critical bit of information: that healing is the children’s bread. If we are God’s children through faith in Christ, then we have blessings and promises that include healing. When we pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” we are not just praying for His financial provision, but for the provision for healing as well.

Finally, if we feel unworthy or undeserving of this kind of help, we should take a lesson from the faith of this woman, 2,000 years ago. She knew that it took only a “crumb” from the Master to answer her request and meet her child’s needs. We can have confidence in God’s love for us, that He has more than scraps for us. He is able and willing to do what He promised.


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