THE CRUMBS FROM THE RICH MAN’S TABLE

MARK 7:28

AND SHE ANSWERED AND SAID UNTO HIM, YES,LORD: YET THE DOGS UNDER THE TABLE EAT OF THE CHILDREN’S CRUMBS.

I’d like to make a point about these crumbs that feel from the rich man’s table. But first; let’s look at the difference in this same story in the two gospels it’s told in. The woman is a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation. In other words, she is not a Jew, a member of the nation of Israel. We can also see this story in ( Matthew 15 ). Look at what Jesus says the her in ( Verses 24-26 ) But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. ( 25 ) Then came she ans worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. ( 26 ) But he answewred and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and cast it to dogs.

In the book of Matthew; Jesus is revealed as the King of the Jews. He is seen as their Messiah. It is to the Jews only. In the book of Mark; Jesus is revealed as the servant of man. This is a totally different way of seeing him and, he is even recognizing himself as a servant, willing to help all people.

Notice the change in how he addresses the woman ( 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.

Here, we see his willingness to serve the woman but, he is making sure the it is to Israel first. In Matthew he tells her ( great faith ) ( be it unto thee even as thy wilt ). In Mark, ( verse 28 ) And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs.

Jesus says ( for this saying ) go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.

As a Bible student; what this woman just did was to recognize the importance of Israel first, yet she was still desirous of the healing hand of Jesus. She had great faith in his ability to help her.

I’d like to use these scriptures to bring a point home that we seldom consider. Here, in these verse, the ( crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table ) is nothing short of the ( word of God ) ( the Bible ) we hold in out hands. I could bring that a little closer and say that the New Testament is a love letter to the Gentiles. Although, we also get to read the Old Testament as well. We get to see how it all ties together, all for the glory of God.

As far back as Adam and Eve, it’s always been about having faith in God and, believing, trusting in him. We are blessed in our time to have the Word of God. For instance, Moses wrote the first five books we see in the Bible. However, how many people in that day actually had a copy of those books? How many other things did Moses write or, how much more did Moses do that is not recorded in the book we call the Bible?

My point is that ( the Bible ) is not all God knows however, it is all we need to know to get to know him. I know I’ve made this statement before but, in the 1880’s men removesd some books from what we call the Bible. As I considered this, I wondered about what gave them the authority to do that? As I considered this I realized that I will never live long enough to understand the sixty/ six books I hold in my hand.

Abraham lived 460 years before God handed the Ten Commands down to Moses. What did he have to bring about faith in God? Imagine, if we only had word of mouth, what someone else had to say about what they had seen or heard, what had happened to them.

God the Father, the God of this Universe knows things that we, as people will never understand, not in this life. But, what a blessing it is to have a book ( the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table ) to feed us spiritually in our every day life.

Can you imagine what it will be like when we have the complete mind of Christ? When we see him as he is?

Look what this woman received? Just from the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table. Because of her faith, her child was bless. The Apostle Paul made a statement in ( Acts 16:31 ) And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Do you see here that the Apoatle is proclaiming salvation for a man’s ( whole house ) just because he has faith or Believes in Jesus Christ. It’s the same picture as the woman and her child.

When we apply the word of God, our faith in Christ to our lives and allow that spiritual mindset to be seen. That faith and this simple verse can change the hearts of men.

( All this: from the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table ).

Marshall Clayton

2 Timothy 1:7

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